Red Cross needs blood donations to ensure sufficient supply throughout the holidays

This November, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift – a blood donation – to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day while donors are busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.blood-drive-graphic

The Red Cross encourages donors to start a new holiday tradition and bring family and friends together to donate blood or platelets. Donors of all blood types are needed this November to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. As a thank you for donating around the Thanksgiving holiday, all those who come to donate Nov. 24-28 will be invited to download a set of recipes from celebrity chefs.

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. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Benedictine College – Murphy Recreation Center, 1020 N. 2nd St.

Mission:
Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-noon, Assured SRA, 5201 Johnson Dr., Suite 500.

Shawnee:
Nov. 21, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Trinity Nursing and Rehab, 9700 W. 62nd St., and
3 p.m.-7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 11311 W. Shawnee Mission Pkwy.

Leavenworth:
Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1101 N. 4th St., and
Nov. 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., KCKCC Pioneer Career Center, 1901 Spruce St.

MISSOURI:

Kansas City:
Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Garden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 8575 N. Granby Ave.

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