Ridgway Record

Spring into action: Give blood with the Red Cross


Spring is near! As the seasons change, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood doesn't take a break. Blood and platelets remain at risk of running low this month. Donors are crucial to helping the Red Cross avoid a blood shortage in the weeks to come.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O donors and platelet donors, are encouraged to make and keep appointmen­ts to donate. Book a time to give by visiting RedCrossBl­ood.org, downloadin­g the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

When donors lend an arm this month, the Red Cross will lend a hand. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma March 1-31, 2023, will receive a $10 Visa® Prepaid Card by email. Plus, they'll be automatica­lly entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card – which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners. Details are available at rcblood. org/help.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBl­ood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassador­s help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers can also serve as transporta­tion specialist­s, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more informatio­n and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteert­oday.

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