American-Red-Cross-Blood-Drive 2016The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the perfect gift this holiday season – a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. By rolling up a sleeve, donors can help ensure patients continue to receive treatment throughout the holiday season.

Busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations postpone hosting blood drives during the holiday season for these same reasons. This can lead to a decline in blood donations, but the need is constant.

“While many of us gather with friends and family this time of year, patients may spend the holidays in a hospital room,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Red Cross Indiana OhioBlood Services Region. “The need for blood doesn’t take a break for the holidays. Please make an appointment to give the most meaningful gift of all – the gift of life through a blood or platelet donation.”

Power Red maximizes donations

Blood donors with type O, B negative and A negative blood can help more patients with one appointment by making a Power Red donation at select Red Cross blood donation centers and blood drives. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells – the most commonly transfused blood component. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and are frequently give to trauma and surgery patients. During a Power Red donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and plasma and platelets are then safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

“With just a little extra time at their appointment, donors can have an even greater impact on patients in need,” added Wilson.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in and around Marshall County include:

December 1st at Rochester High School from 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.

December 13th at the Knox Community Center, 55 East Lake Street from 12:30 till 6 p.m.

December 14th at St. Isidore Hall, 803 West Bike Street in Bremen from 11:30 till 5:30 p.m.

December 15th at the Knights of Columbus, 901 E. Jefferson Street in Plymouth from 11:30 till 5:30.

December 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran Church at 810 W. Talmer Avene in North Judson from 1 till 5:30 and

December 23rd at Quick’s Lanes, 1024 West Jefferson Street in Plymouth from 2 till 6 p.m.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.