BECKLEY (WOAY) — In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day for patients.
Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 16-31
3/28/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., BridgeValley Davis Hall, 619 Second Ave
3/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 E. Washington Street
3/21/2018: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bluefield State College, 219 Rock Street
3/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mercer Mall, 261 Mercer Mall Rd #322
3/30/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 100 Monroe St
3/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., WVU Beckley Campus / Learning Resource Center, 512 South Kanawha Street
3/21/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
3/28/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.