OHIO VALLEY — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year by donating blood for hospital patients in need.
Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses can interrupt the schedules of those people who regularly donate blood, creating a greater need for donations around the winter holidays.
To encourage donations, all those who donate from Dec. 23, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. There are several ways to donate: to make an appointment , download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Donors can also use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Gallia and Meigs County are as follows: Dec.16, 1-6:30 p.m., Star Grange 778, 35300 Salem School Lot Rd., Langsville and 1:30-7 p.m., Mulberry Community Center, 260 Mulberry Ave, Pomeroy; Dec. 17, 12:30-6 p.m., Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 541 2nd Avenue, Gallipolis; Dec. 23: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Hope United Methodist Church, 219 E. 1st St., Wellston: Dec. 28, 12:30-6 p.m., New Life Lutheran Church, 900 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis; Dec. 30, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Church of Christ Family Life Center, 437 Main St., Middleport; Dec. 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 251 Powell Dr., Jackson.
Blood donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.
For information on how to donate blood, 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.