American Red Cross encourages donors to make blood donation a lifelong habit; Leaders Save Lives Program gives students chance to win college scholarship
The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit.
Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school. High school and college students account for about 20 percent of all blood donations to the Red Cross. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old, or 16 in some states, and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
Blood donations often decline during the winter holidays when school is not in session. The Red Cross is offering 16- to 24-year-old students currently enrolled in school a way to help overcome this seasonal decline and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Students who sponsor a successful blood drive between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015, through the Leaders Save Lives program will be entered to win a college scholarship and will receive a gift card. More information is available at redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives.
Donors are needed year-round, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Those who attempt to donate in October will be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Sonlight Community Church, 455 N Gerald Lett Avenue in Angola.
Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., RE/MAX, 100 Growth Parkway; Suite D in Angola.
Thursday, Oct. 30 from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hamilton High School, 903 S. Wayne Street in Hamilton.
Monday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wal-mart, 505 Touring Drive in Auburn.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Legion Garrett, 515 W. 5th Avenue in Garrett.
Monday, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Lakewood Park Christian School, 5555 CR 29 South in Auburn.
Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Maple Grove Church, 806 S. Main Street in Topeka.
Friday, Oct. 17 from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Kendallville Public Library, 221 S Park Avenue in Kendallville.
Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., South Side Elementary, 1350 Sherman Street in Kendallville.
Thursday, Oct. 30 from 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rome City Elementary School, 400 Jefferson Street in Rome City.
Contact Info: Vince Robinson
(260) 480-8220 @RedCrossBloodIO