WICHITA — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.
Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.
Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Feb. 24 from 2-6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 110 W. Second St. in Ellinwood.
Feb. 25 from 1:30-5:45 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 110 E. Williamson in Claflin.
Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Barton County Community College Case New Holland Lab, 245 NE 30th Road in Great Bend.
Feb. 28 from noon-4 p.m. at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway in Great Bend.
Feb. 18 from 2-6 p.m. at Edwards County Fair Building, 1305 S. Niles in Kinsley.
Feb. 17 from noon-6 p.m. at J.A. Haas Building, 400 E. 18th in Larned.
Feb. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Larned High School, 815 Corse in Larned.
Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stafford High School, 430 E. Broadway in Stafford.