Give Someone a Fresh Start This Easter: Give Blood

By: American Red Cross
By: American Red Cross

For hospital patients in need of blood, hope comes from generous volunteer blood donors like you. Donate blood and you’ll provide a fresh start to someone in need. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and just one blood donation can help save up to three lives.

As we approach Easter Sunday, The American Red Cross has seen a decrease in blood and platelet donations in our region, while distributions of donated blood products to hospitals are increasing.

Between Spring Break and families traveling out of town, it is especially challenging to get blood donors in our doors around Easter. Currently, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain sufficient supplies. Eligible donors with O positive and negative, B negative and A negative blood types are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.

Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate supply and a shortage.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are generally in 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. Eligible donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org for more information and to make a blood donation appointment.

This month, you can donate blood at the following drives in Bowling Green:

4/4/12 8:30 AM 12:30 PM US Bank 3240 Louisville Rd
4/6/12 10:30 AM 4:30 PM Holiday Inn University Plaza 1021 Wilkinson Trace
4/13/12 10:30 AM 4:30 PM Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Ctr. 1021 Wilkerson Trace
4/14/12 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Ctr. 1021 Wilkinson Trace
4/16/12 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Western Ky Univ Preston Health and Activity Ctr. 1906 College Heights Blvd
4/17/12 10:00 AM 7:00 PM Western Ky Univ Preston Health and Activity Ctr. 1906 College Heights Blvd
4/18/12 10:00 AM 7:00 PM Western Ky Univ Preston Health and Activity Ctr. 1906 College Heights Blvd
4/19/12 11:00 AM 4:00 PM Briarwood Elementary 265 Lovers Lane
4/20/12 10:30 AM 4:30 PM Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Ctr. 1021 Wilkinson Trace
4/24/12 3:00 PM 7:00 PM Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 553 Ashmoor Drive
4/25/12 3:00 PM 7:00 PM First Baptist Church 621 East 12th Street
4/26/12 12:00 PM 6:00 PM Rich Pond Baptist Church 200 Brad Ave
4/27/12 10:30 AM 4:30 PM Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Ctr. 1021 Wilkinson Trace
4/30/12 1:30 PM 5:30 PM Sam's Club 3200 Ken Bale Blvd

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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