COLUMBUS — It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges the community to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.
Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays. “I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve,” she said. “He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish.”
Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Dec. 20: Noon to 6 p.m., East Muskingum Middle School, 13120 John Glenn School Road
Dec. 24: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Concord Church of Christ, 13333 Maple Lane
Dec. 19: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road
Dec. 21: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Northside Pharmacy, 2899 Bell Street
Dec. 27: 2 to 7 p.m., Colony Square Mall, 3575 Maple Avenue
Dec. 28: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Secrest Auditorium, 334 Shinnick Street
Dec. 28: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Willow Haven Care Center, 1122 Taylor Street
Jan. 2: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road
Jan. 7: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd
Dec. 27: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, 1341 N. Clark Street
Dec. 31: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aaron's Rentals Give Back Blood Drive, Aaron's Rentals, 1759 Southgate Pkwy
Jan. 6: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Guernsey County District Public Library, 63500 Byesville Road
Dec. 20: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mideast Career Center Buffalo, 57090 Vocational Road
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 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.