Red Cross urges all eligible donors to donate blood, March 30 and 31
MARSHALL, Minn. — The Marshall community is hosting a Spring Into Life blood drive March 30 and 31 at Living Word Lutheran Church. The public is invited to give blood and be a part of the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.
One Marshall resident thinks blood donors are heroes. Four years ago, Madeline Sook was 15 years old and suffered from anemia. “It was amazing how much more energy I had immediately – there was instant improvement,” Sook said of receiving a blood transfusion. “I didn’t even realize how sick I was until I had the energy back that I had been missing for months. This experience opened my eyes to the power of a blood transfusion – it really is the gift of life.”
The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products.
“I would encourage anyone who is eligible to donate to help ensure blood is available for patients who need it,” said Sook. “If blood wasn’t available when I needed it, my condition could have been much worse.”
All who come to give will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, a free pint of frozen custard from Culver’s, and will be entered to win one of two, three-month Anytime Fitness memberships.
Spring Into Life blood drive
Thursday, March 30, from 1 to 7 p.m.
Friday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Living Word Lutheran Church
800 E. Southview Court
To make an appointment to give blood, please use sponsor code MarshallMN on the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
How to donate blood
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 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.
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.