September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for emergencies of all types, including ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, donors help ensure an adequate supply is available.
It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so the blood on the shelves is what saves the day when an emergency strikes.
Currently, eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.
Help the Red Cross be prepared by making an appointment to donate blood. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Gift card promotion
Blood donations especially drop around the summer holidays, when many donors are on vacation. As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories campaign to maintain the blood supply, everyone who presents to give blood between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 in honor of Labor Day could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.
Watch videos of individuals whose lives have been touched by blood donors at redcrossblood.org/summer. Then, share your own story via social media using the #SummerofStories hashtag.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
La Crosse County
Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Associated Bank, 601 N. Seventh St. in La Crosse
Sept. 3 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1427 State Highway 16 in La Crosse
Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Cartwright Center, 1725 State St. in La Crosse
Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Cartwright Center, 1725 State St. in La Crosse
Sept. 10 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1427 State Highway 16 in La Crosse
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.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 consent 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
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.