Red Cross, Nexcare and supermodel Niki Taylor Urge Blood Donation for World Blood Donor Day

Niki Taylor wearing American Red Cross T-shirt
Supermodel Niki Taylor is urging people to take part in a blood by the American Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages. Niki says she owes her life to the Red Cross and blood donors after a car accident 15 years ago. (American Red Cross photo)

The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this month in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

This Red Cross has 19 blood donation sites planned this month in Kansas and Missouri locations within its Western Missouri Region.

This is the eighth year the Red Cross and Nexcare Bandages have partnered for the Nexcare Give program.

To honor those who “give” around the world, Nexcare Bandages has developed a limited-edition collection of bandages with the theme “Feel the Beat, Give Blood,” featuring five vibrant dance-inspired designs reflecting different styles and cultures from around the globe.

The limited-edition bandages will be available to those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross through World Blood Donor Day.

The supermodel spokesperson for Nexcare Give said the effort to get blood donations is a personal one.

“Following a car accident 15 years ago that left me in critical condition, the efforts of the American Red Cross and their brave donors saved my life. In honor of World Blood Donor Day, I am sharing my story and encouraging people around the world to support blood donation, inspiring their friends and families to join the cause,” she said.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a lifesaving blood transfusion. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Red Cross blood donor
Donating blood to the American Red Cross helps those in need. This month the Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge blood and platelet donors to give this month. (American Red Cross photo)

Donors of all blood types are currently needed. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Here are the planned donation locations in the Western Missouri Region:

KANSAS

Atchison County

Atchison:

June 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Boys & Girls Club – Leaders Save Lives, 1215 Ash

Johnson County

Leawood:

June 28, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m: CreativeOne, 11460 Tomahawk Creek Pkwy.

Lenexa:

June 19, 9 a.m.-1 pm.: Hope Worldwide KC Chapter, 10250 Quivira Rd.

June 29, 3-7 p.m.: Lifetime Fitness, 16851 West 90th St.

Olathe:

June 15, 2:30-6:30 p.m.: 24 Hour Fitness Club 693, 13370 S. Blackfoot Dr.

June 24, 7 a.m.- 1 p.m.: Olathe Police Department, 501 E. Old 56 Hwy.

June 28, 4-8 p.m.: 151st Street Church of Christ, 13875 W. 151st St.

Overland Park:

June 20, 2-6 p.m.: Paul Mitchell School Overland Park, 8731 W. 95th St.

June 22, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.: DoubleTree By Hilton, 10100 College Blvd.

June 23, 3-7 p.m.: Lifetime Fitness OP, 6800 West 138th St.

June 27, 3-7 p.m.: 24 Hour Fitness Overland Park, 12075 Metcalf Ave.

Leavenworth County

Leavenworth

June 20, 3-7 p.m.: Wallula Christian Church, 23785 139th St.

Wyandotte County

Bonner Springs:

June 14, 2-6p.m.: Elm Grove Baptist Church, 15774 Linwood Rd.

Kansas City, Kan:

June 22, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.:  Justice Complex, 710 N. 7th St.

 

MISSOURI

Buchanan County

St. Joseph:

June 14, 2-6 p.m.: City of St Joseph Blood Drive, 401 N. 12th St.

June 23, 2-6 p.m.: Hy-Vee, 201 N. Belt Hwy.

June 29, 2-6 p.m.: East Hills Shopping Center, 3702 Frederick Ave.

Platte County

Kansas City:

June 28, 8 a.m.-noon: Wexford Place, 6500 N. Cosby Ave.

Riverside:

June 28, 2-6 p.m.: Riverside Community Center, 4498 NW High Dr.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals 17 years old (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 now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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