Submitted by Sue Thesenga, ARC

ST. PAUL, MN – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and the Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood and platelet donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission. While donors of all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors to give now.

Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone 

To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to encourage fans and donors to show their bravery and valor by bleeding #ForTheThrone. Many answered the call to give earlier this year, and much like the show, embarking on its final season, the fight for the living isn’t over.

Those who come to donate by April 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Terms and conditions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/HBOGameofThrones.* Additionally, all presenting donors April 11-30, 2019, will receive a commemorative Bleed For The Throne poster, while supplies** last, and automatically be entered in the above-mentioned sweepstakes.

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

Additionl blood donation opportunities April 8-30:

Dunn County – Colfax, 4/23/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Viking Bowl and Lounge, N 8590 WI 40.

Menomonie, 4/11/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dunn County Community Services Center, 3001 US Highway 12 E., 4/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Menomonie, 2321 Stout Road, 4/19/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Wisconsin Stout, 302 10th Ave. E., 4/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Menomonie Seventh Day Adventist Church, E6451 S. County Road E.

Pierce County - River Falls, 4/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Covenant Church, 1374 N. Main St.

Saint Croix County – Baldwin, 4/10/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Western Wisconsin Health, 1100 Bergslien St. Hammond, 4/17/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Croix Central High School, 1751 Broadway St. Hudson, 4/26/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 505 13th St. S.

4/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., The Purple Tree, 516 2nd St.

How to help - 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.