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American Red Cross offers 3 ways to make saving lives easier than ever

 

Mobile and online tools help make donating blood and platelets more convenient

American Red CrossNashville, TN – The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.

At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules– but the need for blood remains.

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

Red Cross collections staff member Andrea Farnes chats with whole blood donor Kaisha Walker. (Amanda Romney/American Red Cross)

To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient: 

  • RapidPass® – Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Blood Donor App – Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders and keep track of total blood donations – all from the palm of their hand.
  • Online appointment scheduling – Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org.

“The Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of donors who help keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products, but we know that the holiday activities that we cherish most can make it difficult for many regular donors to find a moment to donate this time of year,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “We hope technologies like online appointment scheduling, the Blood Donor App and RapidPass will make it a little easier for donors to give more life for patients this holiday season.”

Patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions, and all blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply is available. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To learn more about RapidPass, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 27-Dec. 15

Fort Campbell PX, 2840 Bastogne Avenue Fort Campbell, KY. 42223
12/15/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hopkinsville High School, 430 Koffman Drive, Hopkinsville, KY. 42240
11/28/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Petrie Memorial United Methodist Church, 202 E. Main St. Elkton, KY. 42220
12/15/2017: noon – 6 p.m.

St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1698 Canton Road, Cadiz, KY. 42211
12/5/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walnut Street Church of Christ, 201 Center Ave. Dickson, TN. 37055
12/7/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

First Baptist Church Dickson, 2501 Highway 70 E. Dickson, TN. 37055
12/11/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

American Red Cross, 1760 Madison Street Clarksville, TN. 37043
11/27/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
12/4/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
12/11/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Veteran’s Plaza – William O. Beach Civic Hall, 350 Pagaent Lane, Clarksville, TN. 37040
11/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How to donate blood

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.

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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