According to the American Red Cross 62% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, but only 3% does. By making an appointment to help save lives with the American Red Cross in August, donors can pump up the blood supply and keep it from falling to shortage levels.
As a thank-you, all who come to give in August will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners. Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in August include the following: Arthur – Aug. 23, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Four Acre, 553 North County Road 240 East; Clinton – Aug. 25, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Warner Hospital, 418 W. South Street; Decatur – Aug. 16, 23 and 30, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Decatur Blood Center, 2674 N. Main St.; Aug. 17, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Passion Community Church, 4225 Camp Warren Lane; Aug. 18, 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1 Bachrach Ct. Tuscola – Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuscola First Christian Church, 100 Church St.
To donate blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-733-2767 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.