Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the American Red Cross now to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients this spring.
By giving blood, donors may be helping someone like 5-year-old Emery Twehues, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last spring. During her intense cancer treatments, Emery has needed both blood and platelets. Cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage the bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced.
“Emery would not be able to recover from chemotherapy without lifesaving transfusions,” said her mom, Morgan Twehues. “Every time they hang a bag of platelets or blood up on her IV pole, I wish whoever donated that could see who it’s going to. There would be no chance for her to live, taking that chemotherapy, if it weren’t for the blood products.”
In order to meet the needs of patients like Emery, the Red Cross must collect about 13,000 blood and more than 2,500 platelet donations every day.
Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 18-April 15
4/11/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., South Barber High School, 1220 N 8th St
4/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 108 E. 2nd
4/1/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ellinwood High School, 210 E. 2nd
3/18/2019: 11:15 a.m. – 6 p.m., St Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker St.
4/15/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank
4/9/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Coldwater Veterans City Building, 239 E. Main
3/25/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 N 8th
3/26/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 N 8th
3/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave.
3/28/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave.
3/18/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Johns Parish Hall, 100 Main Street
3/21/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grant County Fairground, 1000 West Patterson Ave
4/8/2019: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Gray County Rec Center, 17002 Highway 50
4/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., 4-H Building, 905 Ingalls Ave.
3/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, East Hwy 160
4/1/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hodgeman County 4-H Building, South Atkin
4/12/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Cunningham High School, 100 W 4th St, Cunningham
4/11/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Barclay College Hockett Auditorium, 607 N. Kingman
4/3/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Meade High School, 409 School Addition
4/12/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., St John Forst Center, 500 W. Carthage
3/28/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Church of God, 306 Morton Street
3/22/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Pratt Community Building, 619 N. Main
3/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., William Carpenter Building, 606 N Fairground Road
4/1/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Macksville High School, 417 N. Gilmore
4/12/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., IOOF Gym, 700 E. 1st
4/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wichita County High School, 800 W Broadway
4/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beaver United Methodist Church, 201 Ave. F
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.