Red Cross blood donation opportunities Dec. 20-Jan. 15 in Southern West Virginia

Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice.
In November 2016, a 100-foot maple tree fell on Mike McMahon, causing life-threatening injuries. He needed 11 units of blood during emergency surgery and another seven units to treat complications after. Six weeks following the accident, McMahon was released from the hospital – just in time to spend the holidays with his family.
“I’m grateful for the donors who gave me such an amazing gift – the gift of life,” said McMahon. “I was an occasional blood donor before the accident. Today, I donate as often as I can to help ensure others receive blood when they need it most.”
Now is an important time to give blood and platelets. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. In addition, severe winter weather can cause blood drive cancellations and negatively affect the blood supply. Patients like McMahon can’t afford for there to be a shortage of blood.
Give the gift of life – make an appointment to donate blood and platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
As a special thank-you for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give Dec. 20 through Jan. 6 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 20-Jan. 15
VA
Tazewell
Tazewell
12/28/2018: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tazewell County Health Department, 253 Chamber Drive
WV
Fayette
Meadow Bridge
12/20/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Meadow Bridge High School, 2775 Main Street
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Greenbrier
Lewisburg
12/24/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lewisburg United Methodist Church, 214 E. Washington Street
Rupert
1/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Rupert Community Building, 604 Nicholas St.
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Mercer
Bluefield
12/21/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mercer Mall, 261 Mercer Mall Rd #322
12/27/2018: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Youth Center, 1780 Stadium Dr.
12/28/2018: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mercer Mall, 261 Mercer Mall Rd #322
1/4/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mercer Mall, 261 Mercer Mall Rd #322
Princeton
12/20/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Princeton Health and Fitness, 321 Twelfth Street Extension
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Monroe
Alderson
12/21/2018: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Federal Prison Camp, Box B Glen Ray Road
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Raleigh
Beckley
12/26/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
1/2/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
1/9/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Beckley Blood Donation Center, 200 Industrial Dr
Fairdale
1/9/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fairdale Elementary, 722 Bolt Road
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.
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