Donors Urged To Help American Red Cross Maintain Blood Supply

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February.

During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in their own communities as well as areas where donors were unable to give due to severe winter weather. Individuals with types O, AB, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.

Donor Loretta Brandon knows how important it is to have a readily available blood supply. Her late husband required transfusions from generous strangers multiple times for health conditions. She gives blood as often as she can. “Every time I give blood, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all I have and for the fact that I can share with others,” she said.

Make an appointment to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.orgor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood drives are scheduled in Mountain Top on February 23, 2016 from 1 p. m. -6 p. m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 South Mountain Blvd., and February 27 from 11:30 a. m. -3:30 p. m., at Mountain Top Presbyterian Church, 9 Chestnut St

Also, at 29 New Commerce Blvd, Ashley, Mondays: 9:30 a. m. -6 p. m., Tuesdays: 12 p. m. -6

p. m., Wednesdays and Thursdays: CLOSED, Fridays::30 a. m. -2:30

p. m., and Saturdays and Sundays: 7:30 a. m. -2:30 p. m.

How to donate blood-Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.orgor 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.