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Red Cross calls for blood donors before holiday season

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients during winter.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help stock the shelves for patients like Emily Bratton. After the birth of her first child, she received several units of blood. 

“I know that my life was saved because someone, somewhere, was willing to donate their blood,” said Bratton. “There aren’t words to describe how incredibly thankful I am that people are willing to donate blood to help a stranger.”

Give patients in need another reason to be thankful – make an appointment to give blood. Download the free Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. 

In Wilson County, a blood drive will be Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church at 735 N. Mt. Juliet Road. 

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 old, 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 old 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass and follow the instructions on the site.

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