VAN WERT, Ohio. — Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to help meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others. To help make a difference, the community is invited to give blood with the American Red Cross at the Van Wert Day of Caring blood drive on Friday, Sept. 30.
This special blood drive is part of the United Way Day of Caring in Van Wert, which promotes community service. All those who come to donate blood at this blood drive will receive a Day of Caring T-shirt and food specially prepared by Vantage Career Center. The Red Cross is seeking 180 donors to roll up a sleeve and give, which could potentially touch the lives of up to 540 hospital patients.
“Van Wert is a caring community, and what better way for its residents to show they care than by helping patients in need and giving blood at the Day of Caring Blood Drive?” said Marianne Hardesty, account manager for the Red Cross.
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 and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Van Wert Day of Caring Blood Drive
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Trinity Friends Church
605 N. Franklin St., Van Wert, OH 45891
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS
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, 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.