Columbus Red Cross weekly blood drive moving to new date, location to increase capacity

December 20, 2013
COLUMBUS, Neb. — Due to the strong support of the community, the American Red Cross weekly Columbus blood drive is growing. To accommodate the increase in blood collections, beginning Jan. 2, the blood drive will be held at First United Methodist Christian Center, 2472 32nd Ave.
The new space will ultimately allow the Columbus community to help more patients. With an open floor plan and more space, the First United Christian Center location offers additional space for Red Cross health histories and donor beds and provides an improved donor waiting area. More parking will also be available.
Because of the availability of the new location, the weekly blood drive will now be held each Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Red Cross will continue to hold blood drives on the fourth Saturday of each month at the American Red Cross offices in Columbus.
New blood collections schedule:
Every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Christian Center, 2472 32nd Ave., Columbus
Fourth Saturday of each monthfrom 8 a.m. to noon at the American Red Cross, 2905 23rd St., Columbus
“Our ties to the community are deep, which has made a difference to patients at hospitals like the Columbus Community Hospital,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of Midwest Blood Services Region.  “Because of supporters like those in Columbus, the local Red Cross is able to support patients with blood products, offer relief to victims of disaster, train people in lifesaving skills, support military members and their families and provide international aid.”
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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.
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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.