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Red Cross is asking Kentuckians to make time for blood, platelet donation throughout holiday season

The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.

At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules– but the need for blood remains. To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient:

RapidPass – Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Blood Donor App – Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders and keep track of total blood donations – all from the palm of their hand.

• Online appointment scheduling – Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org.

“The Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of donors who help keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products, but we know that the holiday activities that we cherish most can make it difficult for many regular donors to find a moment to donate this time of year,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the River Valley Blood Services Region. “We hope technologies like online appointment scheduling, the Blood Donor App and RapidPass will make it a little easier for donors to give more life for patients this holiday season.”

Patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions, and all blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply is available. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To learn more about RapidPass, visit the RapidPass website and follow the instructions.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities now through Dec. 15

Southeast Christian, 920 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville
11/20/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Zaxby’s, 5025 Mud Lane, Louisville
11/20/2017: 2 – 8 p.m.

Jeffersontown Police Department, 10410 Taylorsville Road, Louisville
11/22/2017: 2 – 6 p.m.

Kroger Hillview, 5001 Mud Lane, Louisville
11/22/2017: 2 – 6 p.m.

Okolona Fire Department, 8501 Preston Highway, Louisville
11/24/2017: 1 – 5 p.m.

Louisville Fire and Rescue, 3401 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville
11/25/2017: 4 – 8 p.m.

The Muslim Community Center, 8215 Old Westport Road, Louisville
11/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Culver’s, 11801 Interchange Drive, Louisville
11/26/2017: noon – 5 p.m.

L & N Federal Credit Union, 9265 Smyrna Road, Louisville
11/27/2017: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville
11/27/2017: 4 – 8 p.m.

Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Road, Louisville
11/29/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Norton Audubon, One Audubon Plaza, Louisville
11/30/2017: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 11501 Maple Way, Louisville
11/30/2017: 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St. Louisville
11/20/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
11/21/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
11/22/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
11/23/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11/25/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
11/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
11/27/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
11/28/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
11/29/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
11/30/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/1/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/2/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
12/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.,
12/4/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
12/5/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
12/6/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.,
12/7/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.,
12/8/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.,
12/9/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
12/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.,
12/11/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
12/12/2017: noon – 7 p.m.,
12/13/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
12/14/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/15/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville
11/20/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
11/21/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
11/22/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
11/23/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11/25/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
11/27/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
11/28/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
11/29/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
11/30/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/1/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/2/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/3/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/4/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
12/5/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
12/6/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
12/7/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/8/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/9/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/10/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/11/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
12/12/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
12/13/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
12/14/2017: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.
12/15/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, 2005 Douglass Blvd. Louisville
12/2/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Bartholomew Church, 2042 Buechel Bank Road, Louisville
12/4/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

St. Stephen Martyr, 2931 Pindell Ave. Louisville
12/4/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

ResCare, 9901 Linn Station Road, Louisville
12/5/2017: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Rita Catholic Church, 8709 Preston Highway, Louisville
12/5/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Orr Corporation, 11601 Interchange Drive, Louisville
12/7/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mortenson Dental Partners, 10300 Linn Station Road, Suite 100, Louisville
12/7/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Morning Pointe of Louisville, 4711 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville
12/13/2017: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

How to donate blood

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.

From American Red Cross

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