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Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood at Southlake events

September 25, 2014
 

 Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood at two upcoming blood drives.

Lowe’s Southlake and other community partners including the City of Southlake Emergency Management Department will be on site during a blood drive scheduled for Sept. 30. White’s Chapel United Methodist Church will also host a drive on Sept. 28 at the Department of Public Safety.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

Southlake Community Preparedness blood drives

Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Department of Public Safety, 2100 W. Southlake Blvd., Southlake

Sept. 30 from noon – 6 p.m. at Lowe’s Southlake, 201 N. Kimball Ave., Southlake

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

How to donate blood

Simply 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. 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.

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