Every day, hospital patients depend on steady and consistent blood donations from volunteer donors for the blood they may need for ongoing and emergency medical care. Since February is American Heart Month, itâ€™s a great time to put your heart into a worthwhile cause: donating blood at an American Red Cross blood drive to help hospital patients who require blood transfusion.
â€śBlood donations help many types of patients, including cardiac patients who are one of the leading users of blood and blood products,â€ť said Tracy Duncan Fox, Communications Manager, with the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. â€śWhen individuals roll up their sleeve, they help build the blood supply. This is important anytime, but especially during the cold, wintry months when blood donations tend to decline. Itâ€™s important that the blood is on the shelf when hospital patients need a transfusion.â€ť
Since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed February as American Heart Month. â€śDonating blood, and sharing your good health with others less fortunate, is a great way to observe this annual event,â€ť Duncan Fox stated.
â€śWeâ€™re asking more people, young and old alike, to have a heart and give blood this February. â€śIf youâ€™re healthy and can give, your donation can help make a difference.â€ť
Upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drives in our area include one on Monday, Feb. 11, from 1:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School in the gymnasium, located at 401 Klinger St. in Plymouth. Â Â Come to donate and receive a coupon for one free taco courtesy of Taco Bell. This blood drive is sponsored by the Pint Size Heroes of Jefferson Elementary School.
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This February, come to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center and be entered into a Region-wide drawing to win the following package:
- Two VIP tickets to the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Midwest Regional games at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31). VIP tickets include early admission to the stadium, food, drink tickets and the chance to meet an NCAA legend.
- A deluxe corner room at the new J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis for two nights (Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30).
- A $250 Visa gift card to be used for other expenses such as meals, gas or parking or even souvenirs!
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Individuals should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.