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During the season of giving, Red Cross urges blood donation

During the season of giving, Red Cross urges blood donation

Bill Stephens

December 14th, 2020

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(Dec. 14, 2020) — December may be the season of giving – but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual. That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets this holiday season.

The need for blood doesn’t stop for holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million blood transfusions will be given in the United States. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked to meet patient blood needs.

Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

To encourage donations this holiday season, those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross Dec. 18-Jan. 4 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, hospital demand for convalescent plasma has also grown. COVID-19 convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation given by those who’ve recovered from this coronavirus. Their plasma contains antibodies that may help patients actively fighting the virus. Learn more about convalescent plasma and sign up to give at RedCrossBlood.org/Plasma4COVID.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 16-Jan. 4

First Mennonite Church, 8002 E 550 N Montgomery , IN 47558

12/18/2020: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Simon J. Graber Complex, 9335 North 900 East Odon, IN 47562

12/24/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free Methodist Church, 1155 Troy Road Washington, IN 47501

12/30/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Birdseye Fire Department, 9 West 1st St. Birdseye, IN 47513

12/26/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

American Legion Hall, 425 South Main St. Ferdinand, IN 47532

12/28/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 Newton St. Jasper, IN 47546

12/16/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics, 1900 Saint Charles St. Jasper, IN 47546

1/4/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

C K of A Hall, 1159 W. 1100 S. Saint Henry, IN 47532

12/20/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

German American Bank Tell City, 645 Main St. Tell City, IN 47586

12/22/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Schergens Center, 1140 31st St. Tell City, IN 47586

12/22/2020: 2  – 7 p.m.

Walmart, 730 U.S. Highway 66 E. Tell City, IN 47586

12/23/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

American Legion, 203 Walnut St. Mount Vernon, IN 47620

12/22/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mount Vernon Fire Department, 311 College Ave. Mount Vernon, IN 47620

12/23/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bethel Christian Center, 996 N. Reo Drive Rockport , IN 47635

12/16/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/16/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Deaconess Hospital, 600 Mary St. Evansville, IN 47747

12/17/2020: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/18/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

12/19/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

12/21/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

12/22/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Calvary Temple Church, 5050 N First Ave. Evansville, IN 47710

12/22/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

American Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter, 29 South Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/23/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/23/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

North East Park Baptist Church, 1215 N Boeke Rd. Evansville, IN  47711

12/24/2020: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Walmart – West, 335 South Red Bank Road Evansville, IN  47712

12/24/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/26/2020: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/28/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

12/29/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

12/30/2020: 12:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

1/1/2021: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

1/2/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

1/4/2021: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

American Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter, 29 South Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

12/29/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

12/31/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

1/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1/4/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Resurrection Catholic School, 5301 New Harmony Road Evansville, IN 47720

12/29/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First Christian Church, 4544 State Road 261 Newburgh, IN 47630

12/29/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Methodist Hospital of Union County, 4604 US Highway 60 West Morganfield, KY  42437

12/22/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Clay Fire & Rescue Department, 135 East Railroad St. Clay, KY 42404

12/21/2020: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 12100 State Route 132 E. Sebree, KY 42455

12/22/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Poole Volunteer Fire Department, 9110 US-41 Sebree, KY 42455

12/31/2020: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

About blood donation

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit  RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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% 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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