PARKERSBURG — With fall arriving, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season with a lifesaving blood donation.
While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply on track for patients counting on blood products for care, especially ahead of the busy holiday season. Book a time to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Thanks to Sport Clips Haircuts, all those who make a pit stop at a Red Cross blood drive through the end of September will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience, including two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips-sponsored race of the winner’s choice, round-trip airfare for two, up to a three-night hotel stay, entry to a Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent, if available and a $750 gift card. Plus, those who come to give by the end of the month will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, also thanks to Sport Clips. All those who come to give Oct. 1-31 will receive a $5 e-gift card by email to a merchant of choice.
To donate blood, 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.
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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.