The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January.
January is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments. National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
1/22/2015: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bowler Elementary School, 451 Vincen Leavitt Ave
1/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Findlay Cadillac, 993 Auto Show Drive
1/17/2015: 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Veritas Apartments, 3370 St. Rose Parkway
1/20/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., ITT Technical Institute, 2300 Corporate Circle Drive, Suite 150
1/26/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Home Depot, 1030 Sunset Rd
1/10/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Las Vegas Nevada Spring Mountain Stake, 4340 W. Warm Springs Road
1/13/2015: 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Paradise Church, 2525 Emerson Ave
1/24/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Meadows Mall, 4300 Meadows Lane, Suite 10
1/28/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Titlemax, 6820 W. Flamingo
1/30/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Le Cordon Bleu, 1451 Center Crossing Road
1/31/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sears Store – 4355 Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, NV, 4355 S. Grand Canyon Drive
1/31/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Crystal Cove Apartments at the Lakes, 3309 Sky Country Lane
2/4/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Summerlin Hospital, 657 Town Center Drive
2/5/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., New York New York, 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South
1/16/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mesquite United Methodist Church, 420 Pioneer Rd
North Las Vegas
1/15/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., ITT Technical Institute, 3825 W. Cheyenne Ave, #600
1/23/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne, 3200 E Cheyenne
2/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Highland Hills Stake, 3350 W Alexander Rd
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 (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.