Miss Sugar Valley’s Outstanding Teen, Courtney Pelland, knows firsthand the importance of blood donation. She needed two units of blood in 2015 after she was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia due to celiac disease.
Now Courtney is sharing her story to ensure others know how meaningful it is to take time to donate. She’s encouraging the entire North Platte community to come out to give blood for others who need lifesaving transfusions.
Donate blood in honor of Courtney Pelland
Thursday, Aug. 11
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NebraskaLand National Bank
1400 S. Dewey St.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross has an emergency need for donors to give now to help ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need. At times, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.