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Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Health & Wellness

January is National Blood Donor Month. Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope. If you haven't donated blood through the Red Cross, add another resolution to your list and become a regular donor.

"During National Blood Donor Month, I'd like to thank all of our dedicated blood donors," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. "Your donation is so much greater than a pint of blood - it is a gift of hope to a patient in need."

By donating blood regularly, you not only make a vital contribution to modern healthcare, but you can also help save a life. Make an appointment today and join the nearly 4 million Red Cross blood donors across the country dedicated to changing lives, one donation at a time.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Fillmore County: Jan. 11, 2010, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, United Methodist Church, Old Territorial Rd, Chatfield;

Goodhue County: Jan. 14, 2010, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 West Ave, Red Wing;

Winona County Jan. 12, 2010, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 259 W Wabasha; and

Winona Jan. 13, 2010, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave, Winona.

How to donate blood:

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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:

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

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