Submitted by Sue Thesenga, ARC

ST. PAUL, MN – Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

“We are excited to continue the Saving Lives Never Looked So Good campaign and partnership with Sport Clips this September,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets September 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through November 11, 2017, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate using the free Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross and Sport Clips encourage donors to use the hashtag #SavingLivesLooksGood to share their new looks and invite others to give.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center - Please check redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for current blood donation center days and hours. Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center, 3485 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire, WI.

Additional blood donation opportunities Sept. 1 – 15 by county: Dunn – Menomonie - 9/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Menomonie Seventh Day Adventist Church, 200 21st St. N.

Eau Claire - Eau Claire - 9/8/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont

Pepin – Durand - 9/11/2017: 12:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Durand Masonic Community Center, 203 W. Main St. Pepin - 9/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pepin Sportsman's Club, RR 2 Sandridge Road

Pierce - Spring Valley - 9/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Spring Valley Area Ambulance, S407 Newman Ave.

St. Croix – Hudson - 9/8/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA in Hudson, 2211 Vine St. 9/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walgreens, 141 Carmichael Road. 9/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 502 County Road UU. Roberts - 9/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hazel Mackin Library, 311 W. Warren St.

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.