Red Cross Seeks Donors To Main­tain Blood Sup­ply

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

The Amer­i­can Red Cross urges el­i­gi­ble donors of all races and eth­nic­i­ties to give blood to help en­sure a di­verse blood sup­ply for pa­tients in need.

Some blood types are unique to cer­tain ra­cial and eth­nic groups, so a di­verse blood sup­ply is im­por­tant to meet­ing the med­i­cal needs of an in­creas­ingly di­verse pa­tient pop­u­la­tion.

Donors of all ra­cial and eth­nic back­grounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help pa­tients fight sickle cell dis­ease, al­pha tha­lassemia and other ill­nesses. Make an ap­point­ment to give blood by down­load­ing the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, vis­it­ing red­cross­blood. org or call­ing 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help re­duce wait times, donors are en­cour­aged to make ap­point­ments and com­plete the RapidPass on­line health history ques­tion­naire at red­cross­blood.org/RapidPass.

Up­com­ing blood donation op­por­tu­ni­ties have been listed for the lo­cal area over the next cou­ple of weeks.

San Joaquin County

Escalon will host a blood drive on Tues­day, Oct. 10, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Chris­tian Re­formed Church, 2203 Cal­i­for­nia St.

Man­teca has a pair of op­por­tu­ni­ties, Mon­days, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, noon to 7 p.m. at the Man­teca Blood Donation Cen­ter, 1030 N. Main.

In Stock­ton, donors can give at the North Stock­ton Blood Donation Cen­ter, 2888 West March Lane on Mon­day, Oct. 2 from 12:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Tues­day, Oct. 3 from noon to 7 p.m.; Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4 from noon to 7 p.m.; Thurs­day, Oct. 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Fri­day, Oct. 6 from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Satur­day, Oct. 7, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stanis­laus County

The Modesto Blood Donation Cen­ter at 1900 W. Orange­burg Ave. will be open for donors Mon­day, Oct. 2 from noon to 7 p.m.; Tues­day, Oct. 3 from 12:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4 12:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Thurs­day, Oct. 5, 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri­day, Oct. 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Satur­day, Oct. 7, 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Sal­ida, donors can give at a blood drive hosted at San Joaquin Val­ley Col­lege, 5380 Pir­rone Road on Thurs­day, Oct. 5, run­ning from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Water­ford High School, 121 S. Rein­way Blvd., will host a drive on Tues­day, Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

You can 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, from a com­puter or mo­bile de­vice. To get started and learn more, visit red­cross­blood. org/RapidPass and fol­low the in­struc­tions on the site.

An­other way to sup­port the life­sav­ing mis­sion of the Amer­i­can Red Cross is to be­come a vol­un­teer trans­porta­tion spe­cial­ist and de­liver life­sav­ing blood prod­ucts to lo­cal area hos­pi­tals. Vol­un­teer trans­porta­tion spe­cial­ists play a very im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing an am­ple blood sup­ply for pa­tients in need by trans­port­ing blood and blood prod­ucts. For more in­for­ma­tion and to ap­ply for a vol­un­teer trans­porta­tion spe­cial­ist po­si­tion, visit rd­crss.org/driver.

The Amer­i­can Red Cross shel­ters, feeds and pro­vides emo­tional sup­port to vic­tims of dis­as­ters; sup­plies about 40 per­cent of the na­tion’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; pro­vides in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian aid; and sup­ports mil­i­tary mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that de­pends on vol­un­teers and the gen­eros­ity of the Amer­i­can public to per­form its mis­sion.

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