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Resolve this new year to give blood with the Red Cross

January 10, 2019

The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January — National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions — sometimes multiple times a week — until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Ashland

Jan. 12: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Summit-Ironville Fire Department, 252 start 716

Jan. 18: 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Ashland Town Center, 500 Winchester Ave

Jan. 22: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ashland Community College LRC Building, 1400 College Drive

Jan. 23: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairview High School, 2201 Main Street

Russell, Kentucky

Jan. 16: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Russell Area Tech Center, 710 Red Devil Lane

Jan. 21: 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Bridges Christian Church, 1402 Kenwood Drive

Chesapeake

Jan. 22: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Collins Career Center, 11627 State Route 243

South Point

Jan. 18: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., South Point High School, 983 County Road 60

Portsmouth

Jan. 23: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Morris University Center, 940 2nd St

Jan. 24: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Morris University Center, 940 2nd St.

Jan. 29: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th Street

Jan. 30: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Glenwood High School, 1 Glenwood Tiger Trail

West Portsmouth

Jan. 32: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Portsmouth West HS, 15332 US Rt 52

Huntington

Jan. 17: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Campus Christian Center, 17th St and 5th Ave

Jan. 21: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Huntington Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd

Jan. 28: 10:30 a.m.-:30 p.m., Huntington Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Blvd

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.

HOW TO DONATE BLOOD

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCross-Blood.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 Rapid-Pass® to complete their predonation 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 RedCross-Blood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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