Bend community urged to book an appointment at Give Books, Give Blood MountainStar Blood Drive

January 5, 2018

Bend, Madras and Prineville communities encouraged to give blood during National Blood Donor Month

BEND, Ore. (Jan. 4, 2018) — MountainStar Family Relief Nursery and the American Red Cross are encouraging eligible donors to book an appointment to give blood or platelets at the upcoming Give Books, Give Blood MountainStar blood drive. In addition to lifesaving blood, the community also can donate new or gently-used children’s books in English and Spanish for MountainStar’s youth members.

Formed in 2001, MountainStar Family Relief Nursery is a child abuse prevention non-profit that helps distressed families maintain a safe and healthy environment for their kids. Today MountainStar serves more than 300 children and their families each year in the Bend, Madras and Prineville areas.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Red Cross for our Give Books, Give Blood drive. Personally, as a longtime blood donor, it is a great start on my new year resolutions,” said Tim Rusk, executive director for MountainStar Family Relief Nursery. “We’re also asking the community to donate books. Reading to young children sounds so simple but accomplishes so much – promoting literacy, language development, self-regulation and most importantly, emotional attachment. We love to provide books for vulnerable children and families at MountainStar.”

The Give Books, Give Blood MountainStar blood drive takes place during National Blood Donor Month, a time when the Red Cross urges eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets in January. National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs.  

Locations and schedule:

Red Cross Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond St., Suite 110, Bend.

  • Monday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

United Methodist Church at 49 NE 12th St., Madras

  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 from noon – 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church at 450 SE Fairview St., Prineville

  • Friday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To make an appointment to donate, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.                       

How to donate blood

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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About MountainStar

MountainStar was formed in 2001 in response to the community need for comprehensive services for distressed families with very young children. This need was identified in the 10-year Deschutes County Community Plan, and MountainStar began providing services in Bend in April 2001 under the fiscal agency of the KIDS Center. MountainStar was serving 34 children per year in our Therapeutic Early Childhood Program (TECP) when we incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2003. Today we serve over 300 children and their families each year. We've since added a Safety Net Program, Child & Family Therapy, transportation, and more.
In 2013, MountainStar welcomed Juniper Junction Relief Nursery of Madras as a satellite program, and in early 2015, we expanded to Prineville, opening the first Relief Nursery in Crook County. Also, MountainStar has a contract partnership with the Department of Human Services/Child Welfare to provide Enhanced Visitation Services for families with children in foster care.