American Red Cross urges people to give blood donations this holiday season

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Medical conditions and emergencies that require blood don’t stop for the holidays.

Patients like 6-year-old Ava King will continue to need transfusions critical to their care this holiday season. Ava has Diamond-Blackfan anemia, which impacts her body’s ability to produce enough red blood cells.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time – and more holidays – with loved ones. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross is thanking those who carve out time to give Nov. 21-24 with a long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-30

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202

11/16/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/17/2018: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

11/18/2018: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

11/19/2018: noon – 6:30 p.m.

11/20/2018: noon – 7 p.m.

11/21/2018: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

11/22/2018: 7 a.m. – noon

11/23/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/24/2018: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

11/25/2018: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

11/26/2018: noon – 6:30 p.m.

11/27/2018: noon – 7 p.m.

11/28/2018: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

11/29/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/30/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane Louisville, KY 40207

11/16/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/17/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/18/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/19/2018: noon – 7 p.m.

11/20/2018: noon – 7 p.m.

11/21/2018: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

11/22/2018: 7 a.m. – noon

11/23/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/24/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/25/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/26/2018: noon – 7 p.m.

11/27/2018: noon – 7 p.m.

11/28/2018: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

11/29/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

11/30/2018: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

St. Albert the Great, 1395 Girard Drive Louisville, KY 40222

11/18/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3345 Lexington Road Louisville, KY 40206

11/18/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

Clark County Blood Donation Center, 1805 E. 8th St. Jeffersonville, IN 47130

11/19/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Zaxby’s, 10715 Dixie Hwy Louisville, KY 40272

11/19/2018: noon – 5 p.m.

 

Southeast Christian, 920 Blankenbaker Pkwy Louisville, KY 40243

11/19/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.

 

ZAXBY’S, 5025 Mud Lane Louisville, KY 40229

11/19/2018: 2 – 8 p.m.

 

Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 310 Whittington Pkwy Louisville, KY 40222

11/20/2018: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

YMCA, 33 State Street New Albany, IN 47150

11/20/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Jeffersontown Police Department, 10410 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 40299

11/21/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.

 

Kroger, 200 New Albany Plaza New Albany, IN 47150

11/21/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.

 

Epworth United Methodist Church, 919 Palatka Road Louisville, KY 40214

11/21/2018: 3 – 8 p.m.

 

Culver’s, 11801 Interchange Drive Louisville, KY 40229

11/23/2018: 1 – 6 p.m.

 

Okolona Fire Department, 8501 Preston Highway Louisville, KY 40219

11/23/2018: 4 – 8 p.m.

 

Culver’s, 4630 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. Louisville, KY 40299

11/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

The Muslim Community Center, 8215 Old Westport Road Louisville, KY 40222

11/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Columbine Campus, 7718 Columbine Drive Louisville, KY   40258

11/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Clark County Blood Donation Center, 1805 E. 8th St. Jeffersonville, IN 47130

11/26/2018: 1 – 6 p.m.

 

Best Buy – Outer Loop, 4251 Outer Loop Louisville, KY 40219

11/26/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.

 

Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, KY 40205

11/26/2018: 3 – 7 p.m.

 

Watterson Towers Norton Healthcare Corporate Office, 1930 Bishop Lane Louisville, KY 40218

11/26/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Road Louisville, KY 40258

11/28/2018: 2 – 7 p.m.

 

Hanover College, 484 Ball Drive Hanover, IN 47243

11/29/2018: 1 – 6 p.m.

 

Norton Audubon, One Audubon Plaza Louisville, KY 40217

11/29/2018: 1 – 7 p.m.

 

Norton Medical Plaza I, 4950 Norton Healthcare Blvd. Louisville, KY 40241

11/29/2018: 1 – 7 p.m.

11/29/2018: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Cardinal Shower Enclosures, 4795 Shepherdsville Road Louisville , KY 40218

11/29/2018: noon – 5 p.m.

 

Norton Audubon, One Audubon Plaza Louisville, KY 40217

11/29/2018: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Louisville Zoo/ Metro Parks, 1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213

11/30/2018: noon – 4 p.m.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 and platelet donors 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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