Submitted by Sue Thesenga, ARC

ST. PAUL, MN — The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Medical conditions and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays.

Patients like 6-year-old Ava King will continue to need transfusions critical to their care this holiday season. Ava has Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which impacts her body’s ability to produce enough red blood cells.  

“We are so thankful for blood donors because Ava relies on blood transfusions every month to stay alive and thrive,” said Ava’s mother, Tina King. “It’s truly a gift!”

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. 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).

The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
Please check redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for current blood donation centers days and hours.

Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center
3485 E. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire

Additional upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30

Dunn County – Downsville, 11/26/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, N2698 460th St.

Menomonie, 11/23/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 1306 Wilcox St.

Pierce County - River Falls, 11/16/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., American Legion Post 121, 701 N. Main.

St. Croix County, Baldwin, 11/20/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence.

Hudson, 11/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walgreens, 141 Carmichael Road, 11/28/2018: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m., Hudson Middle School, 1300 Carmichael Road.

New Richmond, 11/16/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Croix County Services Center, 1752 Dorset Lane. 11/21/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walmart, 250 Richmond Way.

Roberts, 11/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ, 1001 Birch Drive.

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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.