Submitted by Sue Thesenga, American Red Cross

ST. PAUL, MN — During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies.

Donors of all blood types are needed this May. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions.

Schedule your appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center - Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center

3485 East Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Additional blood donation opportunities in various counties in our area:

Dunn – Downsville, 5/25/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, N2698 460th St.

Pierce – Ellsworth, 5/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zion Covenant Church, 210 N. Beulah St.

River Falls, 5/27/2016: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., River Falls Library, 140 Union St.

Saint Croix - Hudson, 5/21/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Masons St Croix Lodge #56, 209 Locust St., 5/24/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hudson Hospital & Clinic, 405 Stageline Road, 5/26/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Keller Williams Realty, 2424 Monetary Blvd., 5/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd St.

New Richmond, 5/17/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 365 W. River Drive, 5/18/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Century 21, 1237 N. Knowles Ave., 5/20/2016: 8:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1019 S. Knowles Ave.

Roberts, 5/23/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 Birch Drive.

Woodville - 5/18/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 221 N. Lockwood 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 (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.