The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this February.
During the winter months, inclement winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving blood. Healthy donors of all blood types are needed to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in their own communities as well as areas where donors were unable to give due to severe winter weather. Individuals with types O, AB, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.
Donor Loretta Brandon knows how important it is to have a readily available blood supply. Her late husband required transfusions multiple times for health conditions. She gives blood as often as she can.
“Every time I give blood, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for all I have and for the fact that I can share with others,” she said.
Make an appointment to help maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Claflin - Friday, Feb. 19, 1:30-6:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 110 E Williamson.
Ellinwood - Thursday, Feb. 25, 2-7 p.m., St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St.
Great Bend - Monday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4124 Broadway.
Hoisington - Monday, Feb. 22, 1:45-6:30 p.m., Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road.
Ness City - Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Ness County Fair Building, 302 W Nevada.
Larned - Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Larned High School, 815 Corse, and Friday, Feb. 26, noon to 6 p.m., Larned Community Center, 1500 Toles.
Stafford - Thursday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stafford High School, 430 E. Broadway.
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.