Give blood to Red Cross during National Volunteer Month


The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients.

Nearly 2.8 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

To make an appointment or for more information, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Blood donors can now 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 learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions.

Here is a list of upcoming blood donation locations:

Knob Noster: April 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Knob Noster High School, 504 S. Washington.
Lees Summit: April 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Eagle Creek Church, 1499 SW Market St.
April 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Heritage Biologics Inc., 255 NW Victoria Dr.
April 13, 7 a.m.-noon, MO Department of Transportation, 600 NE Cobern Rd.
Kansas City: April 3, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Platte Community Center South, 8875 Clark Ave.
April 7, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., KCI CrossFit, 10601 NW Ambassador Dr., Suite G.
April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UMKC  School of Pharmacy, 2464 Charlotte St.

Leawood: April 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 4501 W. 119th St.
Lenexa: April 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Kiewit, 9401 Renner Rd.
Kansas City: April 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Prairie View at Village West, 11200 Delaware Parkway.
Overland Park: April 3, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 12075 Metcalf Ave.
April 3, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Lifetime Fitness OP, 6800 W. 138th St.
April 5, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Valley View United Methodist Church, 8412 W. 95th St.
April 8, 8 a.m.-noon, Abdallah Shriners Hall, 5300 Metcalf Ave.
April 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Paul Mitchell School Overland Park, 8731 W. 95th St.

Since 1914, the American Red Cross has served the Greater Kansas City area by preventing and alleviating human suffering. The Red Cross provides blood products and specialized laboratory services to 15 hospitals in the Greater Kansas City area, including those within the St. Luke’s System and HCA Midwest Health.

The Red Cross is the only blood services provider that also offers health and safety training, serves as a vital communication link between military personnel and their families, teaches disaster preparedness, and provides relief to victims of disasters for our community.

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