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Donate blood to Red Cross before the holiday season to save lives

Posted by LIZ DAVENPORT

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors in the Western Missouri Region to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.

Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months.nov-blood-graphic-edited

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 save time when donating.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

KANSAS

Atchison:

Nov. 7, 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 603 N. 8th St.

Basehor:

Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Basehor-Linwood High School, 2108 N. 155th St.

Leavenworth:

Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Immaculate High School, 600 Shawnee St.

Olathe:

Nov. 1, noon-5 p.m., Kansas State School for the Deaf, 450 E. Park.

Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ismaili Community Center, 13480 S. Arapahoe St.

Nov. 15, noon- 6 p.m., Mid America Nazarene University, 2030 E. College Way.

Osawatomie:

Nov. 3, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., City Auditorium, 439 Main. St.

Overland Park:

Nov. 12, 8 a.m.-noon, Abdallah Shriners Hall, 5300 Metcalf Ave.

Nov. 13, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Rd.

Spring Hill:

Nov. 11, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m., Millard Lumber, 701 N. Lincoln. St.

MISSOURI

Kansas City:

Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hy-Vee, 8301 N. Saint Clair Rd.

Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hy-Vee 64th Street, 5330 NW 64th St.

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