WILKES-BARRE, Pa.— Regional high school students are helping the American Red Cross meet the urgent need for blood donations during the holiday season by holding community blood drives in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Eligible donors of all blood types are needed to help the Red Cross provide critical blood products to hospitals and patients in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Coughlin High School senior Alex Mykulyn will hold a Leaders Save Lives blood drive in the training room of the Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter office, located at 256 N. Sherman St., Wilkes-Barre. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and enter sponsor code AM LSL.
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On Saturday, Dec. 28, 1-6 p.m., students from the Pittston Area High School National Honors Society will hold a blood drive in the training room of the Red Cross Wilkes-Barre Blood Donation Center, located at 29 New Commerce Blvd., Ashley. Presenting donors can enjoy pizza and will receive a $5 Dunkin’ gift card, while supplies last.* To schedule an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and enter sponsor code PAHS NHS.
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Both blood drives come as the Red Cross faces an urgent need for blood donors to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this winter. As a special thank you for being the lifeline for patients this holiday season, those who come out to give blood with the Red Cross Dec. 19-Jan. 5 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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% 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.
* Prizes and gifts are not redeemable for cash and are available while supplies last.