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As we go into the holidays, the Red Cross blood donations are needed

Donors who answer the call to help Nov. 1-12 entered to win an epic trip; receive $10 Amazon.com Gift Card Nov. 1-23
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
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Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 11:20 AM EDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, the American Red Cross urges donors to continue to make and keep appointments now and in the weeks ahead to help overcome the ongoing emergency blood and platelet shortage that has significantly impacted the nation’s blood supply. In fact, the current blood supply is the lowest the Red Cross has seen this time of year in more than a decade.

Since declaring an emergency need for donors last month, thousands of people have come to Red Cross blood drives across the country to roll up a sleeve and help patients who are counting on lifesaving transfusions. The Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity of these blood and platelet donors, but hospital demand remains strong. At least 10,000 more donations are needed each week in the coming weeks to meet patient needs – ahead of the upcoming holiday season, which always presents seasonal challenges to blood collection.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In honor of the new series, I Know What You Did Last Summer, those who come to give Nov. 1-12, 2021, will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Amazon Prime Video.* The trip will transport you to where the series was filmed and includes round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for nine nights, meals, $1,000 gift card for expenses, and on-trip transportation with tour stops from Honolulu to Maui. Plus, those who come to donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card* by email, thanks to Amazon.**

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 1-23:

Brownsville Community Center, 108 North Main Street Brownsville, KY 42210

11/5/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Campbellsville University, 1 University Drive Campbellsville, KY 42718

11/12/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Campbellsville University Harrodsburg Nursing School, 1000 Danville Road Harrodsburg, KY 40330

11/12/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cub Run Community Center, 104 East Gap Hill Road Cub Run, KY 42729

11/8/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Glasgow Baptist Church, 401 South Green Street Glasgow, KY 42141

11/23/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Lera B Mitchell Clubhouse, 1214 South Green Street Glasgow, KY 42141

11/15/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Plastikon, 918 Commerce Drive Leitchfield, KY 42754

11/23/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 204 North Main Street Leitchfield, KY 42754

11/17/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

T.J. Samson Health Pavilion, 310 NL Roger Wells Boulevard Glasgow, KY 42141

11/3/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Save time during donation

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Health insights for donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet, and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential

treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity, and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

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