Stopping a summer blood shortage


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6 great tips for that first blood donation this summer

COLUMBUS — The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before – as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.

While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors. Nationwide, about 32 percent fewer new blood donors, and more than 41 percent fewer in Ohio, came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year. Additionally, many schools where blood drives are held – and where new donors give – are not in session, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.

While about 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, less than 10 percent of those eligible actually do. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes. Whether new to donating blood or a lifelong donor, the Red Cross offers helpful tips for an enjoyable donation experience:

1. As much as possible, eat iron-rich foods leading up to your donation.

2. Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after the donation.

3. Have a healthy meal before the donation.

4. Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.

5. Complete a RapidPass on the day of donation, prior to arriving, to save time.

6. Remember to bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.

“Every day, we have thousands of lives to help save, but blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “In less time than it can take to go out to eat, you can make a lifesaving difference for cancer patients, accident victims and others in need.”

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Delaware County

Columbus

6/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mettler Toledo, 1900 Polaris Parkway

Delaware

6/12/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Delaware Christian School, 45 Belle Avenue

6/16/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mingo Park, 500 East Lincoln Ave

6/17/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Delaware County Library, 84 East Winter Street

6/23/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Delaware Community YMCA, 1121 South Houk Road

Lewis Center

6/8/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

6/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/12/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/13/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/17/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/19/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/20/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/22/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/26/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/27/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

6/28/2017: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road

7/1/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center

Powell

6/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3924 Home Road

6/12/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA, 7798 North Liberty Road

Sunbury

6/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Condit Presbyterian Church, 15102 Hartford Road

6/23/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 West Cherry Street

Westerville

6/13/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Heritage Christian Church, 7413 Maxtown Road

6/15/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

6/19/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., ABB Inc, 579 Executive Campus Drive

6/27/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., United Healthcare of Ohio, 9200 Worthington Rd

6/27/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave

Knox County

Centerburg

6/20/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Road

Danville

6/13/2017: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 7 W Rambo Street

Gambier

6/12/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Christian Fellowship, 23436 New Castle Road

6/21/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Kenyon College, Gund Commons-Gaskin Ave

Mount Vernon

6/9/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., First-Knox National Bank-Mt.Vernon, One South Main Street

6/15/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Moose Lodge, 417 W. High Street

6/22/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Avenue

6/23/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., YMCA, 103 N. Main Street

6/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Central Ohio Technical College, 236 South Main Street

6/28/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mt. Vernon Developmental Center, 1250 Vernonview Drive

6/30/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Kroger, 855 Coshocton Ave

Marion County

LaRue

6/17/2017: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., LaRue Baptist Church, 217 North High Street

Marion

6/8/2017: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584, 142 Olney Ave.

6/17/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stormy Ray Scholarship Ride, Forever United Parking Lot, 387 North Main Street

6/22/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Marion Community Credit Union-Barks Rd, 300 Barks Road East

6/24/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Alber Red Cross Center, 1849 Summerset Drive

6/27/2017: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Primrose Retirement Communities, 1550 Wellness Dr.

6/28/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 475 E. Fairground Street

Morrow County

Cardington

6/23/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cardington Lincoln High School, 349 Chesterville Avenue

Iberia

6/15/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Iberia United Methodist Church, 3664 OH-309

Marengo

6/9/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Marengo United Methodist Church, 8 North Main Street

Mount Gilead

6/21/2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Morrow County Hospital, 651 West Marion Road

6/30/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mt Gilead Church of Christ, 322 Iberia Street

Union County

Marysville

6/16/2017: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Honda Federal Credit Union – Community Branch, 17655 Echo Drive

6/16/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St

6/21/2017: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Union County, 500 Park Ave

6/22/2017: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Catholic Community Center, 1033 West Fifth Street

6/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St.

How to donate blood

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. Those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross June 7 through World Blood Donor Day on June 14 will receive a limited-edition Nexcare Give bandage with the theme “Roll up a sleeve and give where you live,” featuring vibrant city-inspired designs reflecting landmarks and locales from around the globe. 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.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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