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Red Cross: Urgent need for blood and platelet donations now

Bill Stephens

November 27th, 2018

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Come to give by Dec. 19, receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks

(Nov. 26, 2018) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more.

“We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it,” said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt’s mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 26-Dec. 19

American Legion Hall, 425 South Main St. Ferdinand, IN 47532
12/10/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.

American Legion Post 351, 350 North 4th StrElberfeld, IN 47613
12/12/2018: 3 – 7 p.m.

Berea Mennonite Church, 216 S. Main St. Cannelburg , IN 47519
11/27/2018: 4 – 8 p.m.

Bethel Christian Center, 996 N. Reo Drive Rockport, IN 47635
12/6/2018: 1 – 6 p.m.

C K of A Hall, 1159 W. 1100 S. Ferdinand, IN 47532
12/16/2018: 8 a.m. – noon

Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, 101 NE 4th St. Washington, IN 47501
11/26/2018: noon – 4:30 p.m.

Deaconess Hospital, 600 Mary St. Evansville, IN 47747
11/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 N. Stockwell Road Evansville IN 47714
11/26/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714
11/27/2018: noon – 7:30 p.m.
11/28/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.
11/30/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/1/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/3/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.
12/4/2018: noon – 7:30 p.m.
12/5/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.
12/7/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/8/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/10/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.
12/11/2018: noon. – 7:30 p.m.
12/12/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.
12/14/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/15/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/17/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.
12/18/2018: noon – 7:30 p.m.
12/19/2018: noon – 7:15 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 802 N. Adams St. Sturgis, KY 42459
12/10/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.

First Mennonite Church, 8002 E 550 N. Montgomery, IN 47558
12/14/2018: 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Free Methodist Church, 1155 Troy Road Washington, IN 47501
12/11/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.

Harvest Community Fellowship, 200 W. Main St. Washington, IN 47501
12/18/2018: 3 – 7 p.m.

Independence Bank, 21 US-41 ALT Providence, KY 42450
11/26/2018: noon – 4 p.m.

Jasper Library, 1116 Main St. Jasper, IN 47546
12/6/2018: 1 – 6 p.m.

Knights of Columbus, 201 E. 30th St. Jasper, IN 47546
12/1/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Council 2215, 117 S. Main St. Haubstadt, IN 47639
12/6/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.

Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 Newton St. Jasper, IN 47546
12/19/2018: 1 – 7 p.m.
Newburgh United Methodist Church, 4178 Highway 261 Newburgh, IN 47630
12/5/2018: 3 – 8 p.m.

Old National Bank- Jasper, 1 DCB Plaza Jasper, IN 47546
12/18/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Parkview Care Center, 2819 N. St. Joseph Ave. Evansville, IN 47720
12/18/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Perry County Memorial, 8885 IN-237 Tell City, IN 47586
12/5/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Poseyville Community Center, 60 N. Church St. Poseyville, IN 47633
12/11/2018: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church, 100 S. Main St. Henderson, KY 42420
12/3/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
12/3/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.

Spencer County 4-H Youth and Community Center, Junction of Hwy 231 and 70 Chrisney, IN 47611
11/26/2018: 3 – 7 p.m.

St Celestine Catholic Church, 6864 East State Road 164 Celestine, IN 47521
12/9/2018: 7 a.m. – noon

St. Matthews Catholic Church, 421 Mulberry St. Mount Vernon, IN 47620
12/2/2018: 7 – 11 a.m.

St. Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive Saint Meinrad, IN 47577
11/29/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1665 Saint Charles St. Jasper, IN 47546
12/12/2018: 3 – 7 p.m.

Vanderburgh County Government, Old National Events Plaza, 715 Locust St. Evansville, IN 47708
11/29/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vincennes University Ruxer Center, 850 College Ave. Jasper, IN 47546
12/4/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Zion Lippe United Church of Christ, 9000 Copperline E. Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620
11/26/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.

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.

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