Red Cross Encourages Blood Donations to Ensure Sufficient Supply Throughout the Holidays

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A seasonal decline in donations often occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Lorie Alwes remembers her father being called often to give blood – even on holidays. He had type O negative blood, the universal blood type. “One time it was in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner and off he went without hesitation,” she recalls. “He explained to us kids that his blood was used in emergency situations and could possibly save another life.”

Years later, Alwes learned that she also has type O negative blood. She has since donated whenever needed and has encouraged her 17-year-old son to carry on the lifesaving family tradition that was so important to his grandfather.

Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. All those who come to donate Nov. 25-29 will get a Red Cross mixing spoon and celebrity chef recipe set, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to donate blood, people can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Henderson

11/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., In Corp, 2360 Corporate Circle, Suite 400

11/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Building C, 700 College Drive

11/10/2015: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Bluepoint Solutions, 2560 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 200

11/14/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Albertson, 575 W. College Drive

11/15/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Home Depot, 1030 Sunset Rd

11/17/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Everest College, 170 N. Stephanie

11/17/2015: 5 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., Everest College, 170 N. Stephanie

11/18/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Art Institute of Las Vegas, 2350 Corporate Circle

11/24/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ethel M, One Sunset Way

11/25/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., James I Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy.

11/29/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Smith’s Food and Drug – Valle Verde, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive

Las Vegas

11/1/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – West Charleston Campus, 6375 W Charleston Blvd.

11/3/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow

11/3/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Whole Foods – Ft Apache, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd.

11/5/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chamberlain College of Nursing – Covington Cross, 9901 Covington Cross Drive

11/7/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mountain Vista Ward, 1775 N. Christy Ln

11/7/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sahara West Apartments, 2301 Redwood Street

11/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Department of Adult Education, 2701 E. St. Louis Ave.

11/12/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., College of Southern Nevada-Charleston, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

11/13/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Copper Creek, 9490 Bermuda Road

11/14/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Summerlin Community Chruch, 2100 Snow Trail

11/16/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Asian Community Resource Center, 2770 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 211

11/16/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N Buffalo Dr.

11/21/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Las Vegas Nevada Lone Mountain Stake, 8801 W. Alexander

11/22/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 131 N 9th St

11/24/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Las Ventanas Retirement Community, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.

11/25/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

11/27/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Summerlin Hospital, 657 Town Center Drive

11/28/2015: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd.

12/1/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center, 2989 Paradise Road

12/3/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Le Cordon Bleu, 1451 Center Crossing Road

12/3/2015: 12 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle

12/4/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., MountainView Hospital, 3100 North Tenaya Way

Mesquite

11/18/2015: 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Primex Plastics, 752 Turtleback Road

North Las Vegas

11/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne, 3200 E Cheyenne

11/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Smith’s, 5564 Camino Al Norte

11/20/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., North Vista Hospital, 1409 E Lake Mead Blvd

11/21/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Calvary Southern Baptist Church, 1600 E Cartier Ave

Pahrump

12/1/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Great Basin College, 551 E Calvada Blvd.

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.

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 and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

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