Summer Blood Appeal Concludes Today
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The American Red Cross concludes their 35th annual "Donor Days" summer blood appeal today from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Robert Cherry Civic Center in Paducah. 

Right now there is a critical need for all blood types. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as they come in. Donations are urgently needed now to help ensure blood types don’t go missing from hospital shelves.

All presenting Paducah donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt and pizza from Pizza Inn, starting at 11 am, while supplies last. 
"Over the past 35 years, we have had an amazing response to this event from the people in McCracken County and surrounding areas,” said Anthony Tinin, donor recruitment manager, American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “This year, as part of the Missing Types campaign, we’re extending an invite to those who have never donated before, or haven’t rolled up a sleeve in a few years to come out and give.”

Donating blood is a simple process and takes about an hour. To help reduce the fear of the unknown for new donors, here are six helpful tips to know before donating blood:

1. Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet.
2. Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after your donation.
3. Have a healthy meal before your donation- avoid foods high in fat just prior to donation.
4. Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
5. Complete your Rapid Pass.
6. Remember to bring your ID

Afraid of needles? You are not alone. Many people share that fear but find that they can still give blood. What most say is that the slight initial pinch pales in comparison to the feeling of accomplishment they get at the end of a successful donation. 

Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products. Each day, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals across the country. 

While all blood types are needed, those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. 

Those who come to give blood now through Sept. 3rd will receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer that helps support the Red Cross. Donors can go to to purchase tickets at a discount off the gate admission price. For each ticket purchased through the website, Cedar Fair will donate $2 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission.

How to donate blood:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit and enter sponsor code: PDD or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. Walk-ins are also welcome. 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.

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Published 03:30 AM, Thursday Jul. 12, 2018
Updated 08:20 AM, Saturday Jul. 14, 2018

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