Red Cross to host blood drives

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September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for disasters of all types, including very personal ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the American Red Cross, eligible donors can ensure blood is ready and available when any disaster strikes.

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet hospital and patient needs.

Eligible donors with the most in-demand and often short supply blood types - O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative - are especially encouraged to give. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It's the blood on the shelf when a disaster or emergency strikes that saves the day. Help the Red Cross ensure an adequate blood supply by making an appointment to donate blood.

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Those who are 17 years old, (16 with parental permission in some states, 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.

Five donors between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5 will win a giftcertificates.com prize package worth $200 Visit redcrossblood.org/givewin for more information.

Upcoming blood drives are:

• Sunday, Sept. 2 - Kroger on Campbellsville Bypass from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Thursday, Sept. 13 - Campbellsville University from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Friday, Sept. 14 - Taylor Regional Hospital from 1 to 5 p.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 15 - First United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To donate, call (800) RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.