Lifesaver: American Red Cross encouraging blood donors to give during the month of April

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Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

While donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood, type O, A negative and B negative donors are urged to give Power Reds if they meet the additional eligibility criteria. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Similarly, type O positive can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donations help ensure a stable supply of these critical blood types.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and Power Red donations may be made every 112 days, up to three times per year.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 316 N Sherwood Ave. Clarksville, IN 47129
4/25/2017: 2 – 6 p.m.

Henryville High School, 213 N Ferguson St. Henryville, IN 47126
4/20/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Clark County Blood Donation Center, 1805 E. 8th St. Jeffersonville, IN 47130
4/24/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.

North Madison Christian Church, 1400 E. S.R. 62 Madison, IN 47250
4/25/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202
4/18/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
4/19/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
4/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
4/23/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
4/24/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
4/25/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
4/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
4/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
4/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane Louisville, KY 40207
4/18/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
4/19/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
4/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/23/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/24/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
4/25/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
4/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
4/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/28/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/29/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Road Louisville, KY 40258
4/19/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Epworth United Methodist Church, 919 Palatka Road Louisville, KY 40214
4/19/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

Ormsby Three, 10200 Forest Green Blvd. Louisville, KY 40223
4/21/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Agnes, 1920 Newburg Road Louisville, KY 40205
4/23/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Harvey Browne Presbyterian, 311 Browns Lane Louisville, KY 40207
4/23/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.

DeSales High School, 425 Kenwood Drive Louisville, KY 40214
4/25/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

ZAXBY’S, 5025 Mud Lane Louisville, KY 40229
4/26/2017: noon – 8 p.m.

Kerrick Elementary School, 2210 Upper Hunters Trace Louisville, KY 40216
4/27/2017: noon – 5 p.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes, 508 Breckenridge Ln. Louisville, KY 40207
4/27/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.

L & N Federal Credit Union, 9265 Smyrna Road Louisville, KY 40229
4/28/2017: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd. Louisville, KY 40205
4/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 1925 Lewiston Drive Louisville, KY 40216
4/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road Louisville, KY 40245
4/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi, 1960 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205
4/30/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Fern Creek Fire Department, 6200 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291
4/30/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Since 1917, the American Red Cross has served the Louisville area by preventing and alleviating human suffering. Today, the Red Cross provides blood products and specialized laboratory services to local hospitals and is the only blood services provider that also offers health and safety training, serves as a vital communication link between military personnel and their families, teaches disaster preparedness, and provides relief to victims of disasters.

From American Red Cross Communications

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