Becoming a regular blood donor is one way to help ensure communities are prepared for any emergency, including those where blood transfusions are needed. The Red Cross also encourages the public to get prepared by making a disaster plan for their homes or work places.
A sufficient blood supply is central to ensuring hospitals are prepared to meet patient needs in times of disaster, including the very personal ones that can happen any day. Because blood takes about 48 hours to be tested, processed and made available for patients, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save the day when emergencies occur.
This month also marks the sixth year that the Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts have teamed up to help increase blood donations.
Through the “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” campaign, Sport Clips is thanking those who come to give blood in September with a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. The coupon is valid through Nov. 8, 2015, and will be sent to donors via email a few days after their donation.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for patients needing transfusions. The Red Cross needs blood donors of all types – especially those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative – to give blood regularly.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
For information on planning for emergencies and preparedness training, visit redcross.org/prepare.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities on the Kansas side:
- 9/19/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sporting Park – The Shield Club, One Sporting Way
- 9/22/2015: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Xeno Tech LLC, 16825 West 116th Street
- 9/24/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Vin Solutions, 5700 Broadmoor, 9th floor
- 9/17/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lighton II, 7400 College Boulevard
- 9/17/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Care Spot HCA Midwest Health System, 9507 Antioch rd