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Red Cross Needs Blood Donors to Refuel Supply
By West Kentucky Star Staff
WESTERN KENTUCKY - The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types, especially those with type O blood, to race to give blood and help refuel the blood supply. Race to give blood for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500®.

This spring, the Red Cross is teaming up with INDYCAR® to urge people to help keep the blood supply on track by donating blood or platelets. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets April 1-15 will automatically be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500®. The Red Cross will also automatically enter all who come to give in April for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Indy500 .

The need for blood doesn’t take a pit stop.

When seconds count in the race to save lives, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps most. More donors are needed now to help ensure hospitals are ready to respond to the needs of patients this month.

Every day – even during a pandemic – patients like Ashley Byers rely on lifesaving blood products. In April 2016, Byers experienced a life-threatening pregnancy complication and required 121 units of blood as doctors fought to save her life.

“Without blood donations, I would not have survived the medical emergency I experienced after giving birth to my daughter,” said Byers. “As was seen with my situation, a single emergency can cause a massive shortage of blood products. I, along with my family, am truly grateful to all of the blood donors, the American Red Cross and the amazing medical team who saved my life.”

Important COVID-19 information for donors:
The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients.

Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 1-15
Ballard County, Kentucky
La Center

4/8/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway

Caldwell County, Kentucky
Fredonia

4/12/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Fredonia Mennonite Church, 16848 Marion Rd.

Princeton
4/1/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 121 Kentucky Ave.

Calloway County, Kentucky
Murray

4/6/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Murray State University, 1403 Olive St.

4/7/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Murray State University, 1403 Olive St.

4/9/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lowe's Home Improvement, 1400 Lowes Dr.

4/12/2021: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., CFSB Murray North, 1721 North 12th St.

4/13/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St.

Fulton County, Kentucky
Fulton
4/2/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Fulton City High School - GYM, 700 Stephen Beale Dr.

Graves County, Kentucky
Mayfield

4/6/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion, 211 S. 7th

4/9/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mayfield Graves County YMCA, 1545 Cuba Rd.

Marshall County, Kentucky
Benton

4/12/2021: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 2515 S. Main St.

McCracken County, Kentucky
Paducah

4/1/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/2/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center,  4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/3/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/4/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/5/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 415 Audubon Dr.

4/5/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/6/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/8/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/9/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/10/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/11/2021: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/12/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/13/2021: 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

4/14/2021: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Rd.

4/15/2021: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Dr.

Obion County, Tennessee
Union City

4/2/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Jerry Ward Autoplex, 524 East Reelfoot Ave.

Massac County, Illinois
Metropolis

4/5/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd.

4/8/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St.

Pulaski County, Illinois
Olmsted

4/13/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Caledonia Community Church, 10076 State Hwy 37

Ullin
4/15/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Century Unit School District 100, 4721 Shawnee College Rd.

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.<br />
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Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass&reg; 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.<br />
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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, visit redcross.org&nbsp; or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Published 11:03 AM, Sunday Mar. 28, 2021
Updated 11:17 AM, Sunday Mar. 28, 2021

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