Red Cross Blood Donation drives in January

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Resolve to give blood with the Red Cross

(Jan. 2, 2019) — The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 3-31:

 

 

Carbon

Price

1/8/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carbon County Events Center, 310 S Fair Grounds Rd

1/10/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Optum- Price, 706 W Price River Dr

1/23/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Price Chapel, 611 West Price River Drive

1/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jennifer Leavitt Student Center, 451 East 400 North

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Duchesne

Roosevelt

1/10/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Roosevelt Stake, 447 E. Lagoon Street

1/16/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Savage Services, 4371 South 3000 West

1/28/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Uintah Basin Applied Technology College, 1100 East Lagoon Street

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Juab

Nephi

1/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Nephi Stake, 222 South 100 East

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Morgan

Morgan

1/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grounds For Coffee, Morgan, 167 North Commercial Street

1/23/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Morgan High School, 55 North 200 East

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Rich

Randolph

1/21/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Rich High School, 145 Church St.

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Sanpete

Ephraim

1/11/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cotiviti, Inc., 345 W. 100 N., Suite 202

Mount Pleasant

1/16/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mt. Pleasant North Stake, 500 N 300 W

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Summit

Park City

1/7/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Park City Medical Center- Blair Education Center, 900 Round Valley Drive, Quinn’s Junction

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Uintah

Vernal

1/8/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Uintah High School, 1880 West 500 North

1/9/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Uintah High School, 1880 West 500 North

1/9/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Vernal City, 374 East Main

1/14/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Uintah Community Center, 610 Vernal Avenue

1/15/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ashley Regional Medical Center, 150 West 100 North

1/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., UBTECH, 450 North 2000 West

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Wasatch

Heber City

1/16/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lee’s Marketplace, 890 South Main Street

1/23/2019: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Redmond, Inc. – SOAR, 475 West 910 South

1/29/2019: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Mountain View Fellowship, 271 N 600 W

Midway

1/16/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Homestead Resort, 700 North Homestead Drive

1/17/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Midway Community, 75 North 100 West

 

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.

Volunteers needed

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.

About the American Red Cross

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. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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