Omaha, Neb. — Looking for a way to give back to the community but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification.
“Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteer blood donors,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “By donating blood, you can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation.”
As Americans become increasingly mobile, donors can feel good knowing that by donating blood through the Red Cross, they may be helping not only family and friends in their local community, but also patients in need across the country.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:Marysville Community blood drive at the American Legion on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers 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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.