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Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

Mike Healey’s son was born prematurely, weighing 3 pounds, and immediately needed blood. “I gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then,” he said. Though Healey’s son spent his first 49 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, he has thrived and is now a healthy, 10-year-old little league baseball player. “I will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.”

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30
Garden City
11/28/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Congregational Church, 710 N. 3rd
11/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Community Congregational Church, 710 N. 3rd
Dodge City
11/29/2017: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., YMCA, 240 San Jose
11/29/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave.
11/30/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave.

11/27/2017: 1:45 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Johns Parish Hall, 100 Main Street

11/24/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, 1020 E 14th
11/17/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 200 W. Kansas

11/30/2017: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Plains Community Center, 812 Grand Ave

11/30/2017: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Elkhart City Hall, 433 Morton Street
11/28/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Pratt Community Building, 619 N. Main

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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