Donors of all blood types are encouraged to give through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.
Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient needs. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.
Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available.
Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and Power Red donations may be made every 112 days, up to three times per year.
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Here are upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Kansas City: April 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., KC Fire Department, 6750 Eastwood Tfkway.
April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Courthouse Annex, 415 E. 12th St.
April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St.
Atchison: April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Benedictine College, Murphy Recreation Center, 1020 N. 2nd St.
Basehor: April 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Basehor-Linwood High School, 2108 155th St.
Lenexa: April 20, 3 p.m. -7 p.m., Lifetime Fitness, 16851 W. 90th St.
Kansas City: April 29, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan Ave.
Olathe: April 18, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Bass Pro Shop Olathe, 12051 Bass Pro Dr.
April 19, 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Genesis Health Clubs, 13370 Blackfoot Dr.
Overland Park: April 21, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies, 7501 W. 149th Terr.
April 28, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Corbin Greens Apartments, 14000 Russell St.
April 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch Rd.
Shawnee: April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Midwest Sikh Gurdwara, 6834 Pflumm Rd.