2017-08-10 / Living

Blood donations urgently needed in the final weeks of summer

GENESEE COUNTY — The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-toschool activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™. *

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 15-31 -- Genesee County

Flint

8/16/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse

8/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse

8/24/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Flint Blood Donation Center, 1401 S. Grand Traverse

8/29/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., McLaren Flint, 401 S. Ballenger Highway

Swartz Creek

8/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Swartz Creek United Methodist Church, 7400 Miller Road

Grand Blanc

8/22/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 2245 E. Baldwin Road

8/24/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., Grand Blanc Motorcars, 9099 Holly Road

Burton

8/31/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Courtland Center, 4190 E. Court Street

The Red Cross relies on community partners s to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses, such as Suburban Propane.

To host a Red Cross blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

To donate blood, 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 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. Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at redcrossblood.org/summer.

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