Schedule: Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity

Red Cross: Donors urged to give blood, help blood supply match patient diversity


The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.


The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.


Twelve-year-old Braden Green required blood transfusions to treat complications from sickle cell disease. “It saved his life, that blood transfusion,” said his mom, Brenda Green. “A blood donation can give a patient another chance at life or an opportunity to get through the day.”


Blood given to patients with rare blood types or those who need repeated transfusions for conditions such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia must be matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar racial or ethnic background.


All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30, 2018, will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at  


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 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


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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.




Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 18-30:



Athens County



9/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

9/19/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ohio University – Baker Center, 1 Park Place

9/25/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., OU College of Communications, Radio Television Bldg., College St.

9/25/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ohio University Red Cross Club, 1 Park Place

9/26/2018: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Ohio University Gamertsfelder Hall, 58 East Green Dr.

9/27/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ohio University Red Cross Club, 1 Park Place



9/18/2018: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive



9/25/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hocking College Recreation Center, 3301 Hocking Parkway

9/28/2018: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Nelsonville-York Elementary, 1 Buckeye Dr.



Coshocton County



9/20/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Coshocton County Career Center, 23640 Airport Road

9/26/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Coshocton Elementary School, 1203 Cambridge Road



Fairfield County



9/25/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St



9/22/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloom Carroll Middle School – Science Club Drive, 71 So. Beaver Street



9/19/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1045 Hill Road

9/24/2018: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.



9/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road


Sugar Grove

9/29/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hide A Way Hills Club, 29042 Hide-A-Way Hills Rd



Fayette County


Washington CH

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Miami Trace High School, 3722 State Route 41 NW



Guernsey County



9/19/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Zane State Cambridge, 9900 Brick Church Road

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., High School, 1401 Deerpath Drive



Harrison County



9/19/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, 817 East Market Street



Licking County



9/25/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Denison University, 100 West College, Slayter Hall – 3rd Floor



9/18/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 – South

9/18/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Kroger Marketplace, 1155 North 21st Street

9/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Warner Library, 1179 University Drive

9/21/2018: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 West Main Street

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 – South

9/25/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 – South

9/28/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 – South



Madison County


Plain City

9/20/2018: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sharon Mennonite Church_Haven Fellowship, 7675 Amity Pike



Muskingum County



9/24/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

9/29/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St



Perry County



9/18/2018: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Miller High School, 10397 St. Rt. 155 S.E.



9/23/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79



Pickaway County



9/19/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

9/21/2018: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.



Ross County



9/18/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50



9/28/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St



9/22/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge #309, 23 W Springfield St.



Vinton County


Mc Arthur

9/22/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Vinton County Healthy Living Health Fair at the Vinton County High School, Route 50