Hays Blood Donor Center Gets New Hours - Donors Needed to Meet Summer Need

June 17, 2011

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Wichita, Kansas — June 20, 2011  — Beginning July 1, 2011, the American Red Cross’  Hays Blood Donor Center will be open different hours to meet changing needs of blood donors. The center will now be closed on Mondays due to a decrease in donors on that day, and Red Cross has extended hours on Tuesday evenings.

New Hays Blood Donor Center Hours:
The Center will be open: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We hope these new hours will be better for donors in Hays and surrounding areas,” said Kim Talkington, director of donor recruitment. “The summer is a difficult time for us and we want to do everything we can to make it easier to give blood.”

Summer Donors Needed
A decline in blood donations is typical during the summer as donors become busy with harvest and other seasonal activities. It is more important than ever that eligible donors make and keep appointments to donate throughout the summer months.

If you are a blood donor and are unable to make it to your appointment, consider recruiting a “designated donor” to give in your place this summer. Regular donors ensure that blood will be on the shelves when hospital patients need it.

If you are interested in scheduling a blood drive at your business, church or school, please contact Savannah Hornung, donor recruitment representative, (316) 648-4417.

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.


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