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Celebrate volunteerism: Donate blood

April 5, 2012
Daily Press

Volunteers are the backbone of the American Red Cross. Each year, 3.5 million volunteers donate more than six million pints of blood through the Red Cross. This April, celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) by making an appointment to donate blood and join a family of blood donors across the nation.

"Your blood is needed more than you think. In fact, every two seconds someone in America needs blood," said Greg Novinska, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger Hawkeye Region. "In the hour it takes to volunteer to donate blood, you can help save the lives of patients in your community and across the country."

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Red Cross thanks blood donors who truly give of themselves and encourages others to strengthen our nation's blood supply by volunteering to donate. You can make a difference. Be a Red Cross volunteer blood donor and join a family of blood donors across the nation in lifesaving cause.

An upcoming blood donation opportunity is the Powers-Spalding community blood drive at the North Central High School gym, W3795 US 2 and 41 on Wednesday, April 11, from 1-6 p.m.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds are are generally in 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.



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