OHIO VALLEY — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to donate blood this spring to ensure a sufficient supply for patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country.
Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital and patient needs. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.
Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.
Debbie Cody-Nabors is a blood donor who gives double red cells. Her mother received transfusions twice a week during treatment for aplastic anemia.
“I donate blood as often as I can in memory of my mom,” she said. “Please donate blood if you can to help save lives as you never know when you’ll be on the receiving end.”
Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O, A-negative and B-negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Ohio Valley area:
Gallia County: April 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., River Valley High School, 8785 State Route 160, Bidwell; Gallipolis, April 21, 12:30-6 p.m., Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 541 Second Avenue; April 28, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buckeye Hills Vocational School, 351 Buckeye Hills Rd., Rio Grande.
Jackson County: April 26, 12:30-6 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 150 Portsmouth St., Jackson; April 29, noon to 5:30 p.m., Jackson Holzer Medical Center, 500 Burlington Rd, Jackson; 12:30-6 p.m., Hope United Methodist Church, 219 E. First St., Wellston.
Meigs County: April 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southern Local High School gym, 920 Elm St., Racine.