Monday, December 16, 2013

Elm Grove Baptist Church to host blood drive

BONNER SPRINGS, KAN. ----- Elm Grove Baptist Church in Bonner Springs will be hosting a blood drive Jan. 2 from 3-7 p.m.

The church is located at 15774 Linwood Road in Bonner Springs.

Below is more information, including more American Red Cross blood drive locations in January if you can't make the Bonner event.
January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.

People have many different reasons for donating blood. Jill Long’s is her late husband, Bill, who died from esophageal cancer. After his stage 4 diagnosis, he was able to survive for three more years, thanks in part to the blood transfusions he received. Long said she believes “the gift of time” is what blood donors really give.

“It took me only a few minutes to donate my blood, while he spent all day receiving someone else’s — just so that he could keep fighting to stay alive,” she said.

They were both grateful for that opportunity to fight, Long said. Now, as a blood donor, she said she feels like she can help other families in similar situations “battle to stay together as long as possible.”

January can be a difficult month to collect donations due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give during National Blood Donor Month by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Jackson County
Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grandview Community Center, 13500 Byars Road in Grandview, Mo.
Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop, 18001 Bass Pro Drive in Independence, Mo.
Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National American University, 3620 Arrowhead Ave. in Independence, Mo.
Jan. 8 from 3-7 p.m. at First Baptist Raytown, 10500 Missouri 350 in Kansas City, Mo.

Johnson County (Kan.)
Jan. 8 from 3-7 p.m. at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall Ave. in Overland Park, Kan.
Jan. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at AIG, 17200 W. 119th St. in Olathe, Kan.
Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kansas City Church of Christ, 10250 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kan.
Jan. 14 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Rosehill Point Apartments, 12701 W. 88th St. Circle in Lenexa, Kan.
Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Compass Minerals, 9900 W. 109th St. in Overland Park, Kan.
Jan. 15 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Monticello Trails Middle School, 6100 Monticello Road in Shawnee, Kan.

Johnson County (Mo.)
Jan. 10 from 2-6:30 p.m. at Chilhowee R-V School, 101 SW Highway 2 in Chilhowee, Mo.