Red Cross Calls For Wide Variety Of Donors To Meet Blood Demands

Many people make New Year’s resolutions. A little over a month into the New Year, some resolutions may now be flying out the window. The American Red Cross is offering a way to still make good on some of those promises. If you made a pledge to do something good for other people in 2015, the Red Cross wants to remind you that donating blood saves millions of lives, and a single donation can save up to 3 patients alone.

Bad weather conditions and the flu virus are keeping many regular donors from getting to their local blood drives. There is not only a lack of blood, but a lack of variation among blood types. Having a wide variety of blood on hand is important for hospitals to serve a diverse community like southern Nevada.

“Having a more diverse blood supply is essential,” said Scott Emmerson, Regional CEO for the American Red Cross. “Donors and patients are matched up not only by their blood type but also other markers found on the red blood cells. These markers, which make the blood unique, are usually found in donors from the same ethnicity as the patient.”

Members from all parts of the community are encouraged to donate blood. Having a wide variety of blood will help ensure southern Nevada’s hospitals are better equipped to save lives.

There are a number of different ways for you to give blood to the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada. You can search for the nearest place to donate blood by clicking the following link http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearch.jsp or download the American Red Cross Blood App for Android and iOS devices.

The following is a list of blood drives in southern Nevada for February:

Henderson

2/14/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Green Valley Range, 175 Cassia Way

2/16/2015: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Lowe’s, 1401 S Boulder Highway

2/21/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Family Doctors of Green Valley, 291 N. Pecos

2/28/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Smith’s Food and Drug – Valle Verde, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive

Las Vegas

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

2/6/2015: 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Nevada Hand, 295 East Warm Springs, Suite 101

2/10/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Little Shop of Magic, 4160 S. Durango Dr., Suite 120

2/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

2/12/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., First California Mortgage Company, 10777 W. Twain Ave, Suite 220

2/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, 5400 S Rainbow Blvd

2/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Kaplan College, 3535 W. Sahara Ave

2/17/2015: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow

2/21/2015: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

2/23/2015: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter, 1771 E. Flamingo Rd. Ste 206B

2/27/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., LINQ Hotel and Casino, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

2/27/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pinnacle Entertainment, 3980 Howard Hughes Parkway

2/27/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., LINQ Hotel and Casino, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

2/28/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave

Mesquite

2/20/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 West Old Mill Rd

North Las Vegas

2/7/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Highland Hills Stake, 3350 W Alexander Rd

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