Red Cross Needs Blood Donations Before Summer Ends

(Aug. 8, 2018)— As summer winds down, the American Red Cross is urging people to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

To ensure livesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O.

Those who donate blood or platelets through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

You can make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

How to Donate Blood

You can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS 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 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. Go to: RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Volunteers Needed

Another way to support the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products.

For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

 

Upcoming blood donation locations in the San Fernando Valley Aug. 16-31:

Chatsworth

8/26/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., St John Eudes Catholic Church, 9901 Mason Avenue

 

Granada Hills

8/17/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd

8/20/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Granada Hills Pavillion, 11128 Balboa Blvd

 

Mission Hills

8/23/2018: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, 15031 Rinaldi Street

 

North Hills

8/30/2018: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., James Monroe High School, 9229 Haskell Avenue

 

North Hollywood

8/23/2018: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Road Theatre, 5108 Lankershim Bl

 

Panorama City

8/23/2018: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave

8/25/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave

 

Sun Valley

8/17/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun Valley Library, 7935 Vineland Ave

 

Sylmar

8/16/2018: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Los Angeles County Olive View ValleyCare, 14445 Olive View Drive

 

Van Nuys

8/23/2018: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 15555 Saticoy

8/26/2018: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., La Iglesia En El Camino, 14800 Sherman Way

8/29/2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department, 6240 Sylmar Ave

 

Woodland Hills

8/16/2018: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/17/2018: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/18/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/19/2018: 7 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/20/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/21/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/22/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/23/2018: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/24/2018: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/25/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/26/2018: 7 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/26/2018: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Life Church, 6115 Fallbrook Avenue

8/27/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/28/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/29/2018: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/30/2018: 10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave

8/31/2018: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave