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Give Blood During National Preparedness Month
By WestKyStar and Red Cross Staff
PADUCAH, KY - The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

A readily available blood supply is needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.

Donations decline around summer holidays like Labor Day. To thank those who come out to give September 1-6, the Red Cross is providing a branded T-shirt, while supplies last.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 1-15
Hardin County High School, Route 2 Elizabethtown, IL 62931
9/13/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 1620 West Main St. Murray, KY 42071
9/14/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Bardwell Baptist Church, 323 US HWY 51 S. Bardwell, KY 42023
9/7/2017: noon - 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church, 115 Second St. Fulton, KY 42041
9/5/2017: noon - 4 p.m.

Fulton County High School, 2740 Moscow Road Hickman, KY 42050
9/1/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lowes Elementary School, 6775 State Route 440 Lowes, KY 42061
9/14/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Sedalia Elementary School, 5252 State Route 97 Mayfield, KY 42066
9/11/2017: 1 - 6 p.m.

Graves County Central Elementary, 2262 State Route 121 N. Mayfield, KY 42066
9/12/2017: 1 - 6 p.m.

Farmington Elementary School, 7730 State Route 121 S. Mayfield, KY 42066
9/13/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Symsonia Elementary School, 11730 State Route 131  Symsonia, KY 42082
9/14/2017: noon - 5 p.m.

Wingo Elementary School, 449 Lebanon St. Wingo, KY 42088
9/12/2017: 1 - 6 p.m.

Calvert City Civic Center, 1445 5th Ave. Southeast Calvert City, KY 42029
9/11/2017: noon - 6 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive Paducah, KY 42001
9/1/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
9/2/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
9/4/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
9/5/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
9/7/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
9/8/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.       
9/9/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
9/11/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
9/12/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
9/14/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.
9/15/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Drive Paducah, KY 42001
9/4/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave. Paducah, KY 42001
9/6/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
9/7/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9701 Blandville Road West Paducah, KY 42086
9/10/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Charleston High School, 604 South Thorn St. Charleston, MO 63834
9/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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.

Published 12:25 PM, Saturday Aug. 26, 2017
Updated 10:40 AM, Saturday Aug. 26, 2017

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