Give thanks for good healthy by giving blood or platelets 

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

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Medical conditions and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays. 

Patients like 6-year-old Ava King will continue to need transfusions critical to their care this holiday season. Ava has Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which impacts her body’s ability to produce enough red blood cells.

“We are so thankful for blood donors because Ava relies on blood transfusions every month to stay alive and thrive,” said Ava’s mother, Tina King. “It’s truly a gift!”

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. 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).

The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30

Berea Mennonite Church, 216 South Main Street Cannelburg, IN 47519
11/27/2018: 4 - 8 p.m.

Bethel Mennonite Church, 9335 North 900 East Odon, IN 47562 
11/16/2018: 2 - 7:30 p.m.

American Legion Hall, 425 South Main Street Ferdinand, IN 47532
11/21/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.

VFW Post 2366, 314 Geiger Street Huntingburg, IN 47542
11/20/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.

St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2835 North 500 West Ireland, IN 47545
11/25/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Memorial Hospital Medical Arts Building, 721 West 13th Street Jasper, IN 47546 
11/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Walmart, 730 U.S. Highway 66 E. Tell City, IN 47586
11/21/2018: noon - 4 p.m.

Marrs Township Volunteer Fire Department, 5960 N. Ford Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620
11/21/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.

Zion Lippe United Church of Christ, 9000 Copperline East Road Mount Vernon, IN 47620 
11/26/2018: 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. Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive Saint Meinrad, IN 47577 
11/29/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714
11/16/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
11/17/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
11/19/2018: 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
11/20/2018: 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
11/21/2018: 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
11/23/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
11/24/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
11/26/2018: 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
11/27/2018: 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
11/28/2018: 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
11/30/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

American Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter, 29 South Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714
11/19/2018: 6 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
11/19/2018: 12:30 - 7 p.m. 

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

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

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