VAN WERT, Ohio. (August 13, 2018) — 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 Friday, Sept. 28.
This special blood drive is part of the United Way Day of Caring in Van Wert, which promotes community service. The Red Cross is seeking 200 donors to roll up a sleeve and give. All those who come to donate blood at this blood drive will receive a Day of Caring T-shirt and food prepared by Vantage Career Center.
As the Red Cross responds to wildfires, flooding, house fires and hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day.
“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, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies. The Red Cross must collect approximately 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Van Wert Day of Caring Blood Drive
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
8 a.m. to 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,
sponsor code: VWDOC
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 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.
Blood and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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.