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

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


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 8, 2016) — 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 Sept. 1-30 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

Hickman County Cooperative Extension Office, 329 James Phillips Drive Clinton, KY 42031]

9/26/2016: noon- 6 p.m.

Hickman County High School, 301 Cresap Street Clinton, KY 42031

9/30/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Big Sandy Senior Citizen's Center, 224 2nd Ave. Big Sandy, TN 38221

9/30/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Bethel University - Veral Lowe Center, 101 Wildcat Lane Mc Kenzie, TN 38201

2016-APL- 01319

9/22/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Three Rivers Hospital, 451 Hwy 13 S Waverly, TN 37185

9/19/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

New Prospect Baptist Church, 3895 Pulaski Highway Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

9/26/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Summertown Saddle & Bridle Club, Highway 20 Summertown, TN 38483

9/28/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Waynesboro Church of Christ, 304 Hassell Street Waynesboro, TN 38485

9/22/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;

supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides

international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross

is a not-for- profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American

public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or

cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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