The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.
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.
Patients who need repeated transfusions, like 11-year-old Tymia McCullough who has sickle cell disease, must have blood that is matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.
Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Blood Donation opportunities
• October 9, 1-7 p.m., Our Savior Moravian Church, 37 Chapel Drive Northwest
• October 2, noon to 6 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 East Sarnia
• October 5, noon to 6 p.m., Express Suites River Port Inn, 900 Bruski Drive
• October 5, noon to 6 p.m., Hy-Vee, 1475 Service Drive
• October 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Michael Toner Student Center, 700 Terrace Heights
• October 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Michael Toner Student Center, 700 Terrace Heights
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.