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Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to maintain a diverse supply

Published: September 20, 2016 11:48 AM
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 Cleveland, OH — During National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Blood donors may be helping patients like 11-year-old Martin Mwita who has sickle cell disease. His body doesn’t produce enough healthy red cells to carry adequate oxygen through his body, so he relies on monthly transfusions to stabilize his health.

A diverse blood supply is important to ensure the needs of all patients are met. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.

Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Donors of all blood types are needed.

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 help reduce wait times.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a free haircut coupon via email, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, at participating Sport Clips locations, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

Ashland

 

Ashland

9/16/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Samaritan on Main, 663 East Main Street

9/16/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Home of Joseph Troyer, 6264 Townline Rd

9/26/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center Street

 

Jeromesville

9/19/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Jeromesville United Methodist Church, 40 North Street

 

 

Loudonville

9/26/2016: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Mohicanville Community Church, 347 State Route 95

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Holmes

 

Millersburg

9/20/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., West Holmes Middle School, 10901 State Route 39

9/21/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Becks Mills, 5332 County Road 19

9/22/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Clark Presbyterian Church, 1392 State Route 83

9/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Gospel Haven Church, 6871 State Route 241

 

Walnut Creek

9/22/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, 2691 County Road 144

 

Winesburg

9/23/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Zion Reformed Church Annex, 2088 State Route 62

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Medina

 

Brunswick

9/17/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center, 3637 Center Road

9/19/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road

9/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Brunswick Community Recreation & Fitness Center, 3637 Center Road

 

Medina

9/20/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Western Reserve Masonic Community, 4931 Nettleton Road

9/20/2016: 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Fenn Elementary School, 320 N. Spring Grove

9/21/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Medina County Administration Bldg, 144 N. Broadway Street

9/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Medina Community Recreation Center, 855 Weymouth Road

 

Seville

9/19/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Seville United Methodist Church, 74 West Main Street

9/25/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9282 Acme Road

 

Sharon Center

9/29/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sharon Township Admin Bldg Sharon Ctr, 1322 Sharon-Copley Road

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Summit

 

Akron

9/16/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/16/2016: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., University of Akron Rec & Wellness Center, 382 Carroll Street

9/17/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/18/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/19/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/20/2016: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/21/2016: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/22/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Lady of the Elms High School, 1375 West Exchange Street

9/22/2016: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/23/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/23/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Summa Health System Corporate Service Center, 1077 Gorge Blvd

9/24/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/25/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/26/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/26/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Akron Baptist Temple, 2324 Manchester Road

9/27/2016: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/28/2016: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/29/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Manchester High School, 437 West Nimisila Road

9/29/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., East Community Learning Center, 80 Brittain Road

9/29/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Akron General, 1 Akron General Avenue

9/29/2016: 1:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

9/30/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Summit Blood Donation Center, 501 W. Market Street

 

Barberton

9/22/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., BWX Technologies, 91 Stirling Avenue

 

Copley

9/26/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., The HUB Community Center, 3676 Community Lane, Suite 100

 

Cuyahoga Falls

9/18/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Best Buy, 445 Howe Ave.

9/19/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 3rd Street

9/24/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Natatorium, 2345 4th Street

 

Hudson

9/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt

 

Norton

9/19/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road

 

Tallmadge

9/19/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Our Lady of Victory, 73 North Ave

9/23/2016: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Tallmadge High School, 140 N. Munroe Road

 

Twinsburg

9/26/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Road

9/30/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, 10439 Ravenna Road

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Wayne

 

New Pittsburg

9/20/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., St Peter Lutheran Church, 9451 Ashland Rd.

 

Orrville

9/21/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Student Life Center, 1901 Smucker Rd.

9/29/2016: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kingsway Christian School, 11138 Old Lincoln Way E.

 

Shreve

9/26/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 67, 10094 Shreve Rd.

 

Smithville

9/19/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Smithville Brethren Church, 193 E. Main St.

 

Wooster

9/17/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., American Red Cross Wayne County Chapter, 244 West South St.

9/27/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Ohio State University Agricultural Techincal Institute, 1328 Dover Rd.

 

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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

 


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