Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients in need of transfusions. During National Volunteer Month this April, the American Red Cross celebrates the blood, platelet and plasma donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and urges healthy individuals to join them in giving.

Nearly 2.6 million Red Cross volunteer donors step up every year to ensure blood is on the shelves when patients need it. The generosity of these heroes has been especially impactful over the past year as they helped the Red Cross continue to meet patient needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Red Cross continues to urge healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give blood to ensure hospitals can meet patient needs. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank you, those who come to give by April 30 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at rcblood.org/Gift.

Health insights for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Plasma from routine blood and platelet donations that test positive for high levels of antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to meet potential future needs of COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive antibody test and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions including temperature checks, social distancing and face masks for donors and staff  have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 16-30

ADA

Boise

4/19/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 7960 Northview

4/20/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Five Mile Church of the Nazarene, 2701 S. Five Mile Road

4/21/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Five Mile Church of the Nazarene, 2701 S. Five Mile Road

4/21/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Idaho Lottery, 1199 W. Shoreline Lane

4/22/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Salvation Army, 9492 W. Emerald St.

4/22/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Maple Grove Grange, 11692 W President Drive

4/23/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Realty ONE Group Professionals, 7709 W Overland Road Ste. 150

4/26/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State St.

4/27/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5900 Castle Drive

4/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., One Capital Center, 999 Main St., One Capital Center

4/29/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., One Capital Center, 999 Main St., One Capital Center

Meridian

4/23/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Country Inn and Suites By Radisson, 3355 E. Pine Ave.

4/24/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Village at Meridian, 3693 E Longwing Lane #110

4/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cherry Lane HOA, 4200 W Talamore Blvd.

4/28/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., New Ameriben Building, 2760 W Excursion, Suite 420

4/29/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Idaho State Police District 3 Patrol building, 700 S. Stratford

4/30/2021: Noon – 7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6575 S. Eagle Road

Star

4/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., LifeSpring Christian Church, 174 N Star Road

CANYON

Caldwell

4/20/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Westminister Center, 406 S. 14th Ave.

Nampa

4/24/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Crossroads Community Church, 4170 E. Amity Road

4/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Smith Building, 1500 Smith

4/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., HM Clause, Inc., 1832 Garrity Blvd.

ELMORE

Mountain Home

4/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mountain Home High School, 300 South 11th E.

GEM

Emmett

4/29/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Valor Hospital, 1202 E. Locust St.

WASHINGTON

Weiser

4/28/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Agnes Catholic Church, 214 E. Liberty St.

About blood donation

Simply 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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Originally written by the American Red Cross

There is no custom code to display.

Blogs

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little     It’s more important than ever to tell teachers we value them By Governor Brad Little It is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country, and while one week is hardly enough time to show our teachers how much we value them, it is a good opportunity to…

Worthington BLOG: Boise State Football and the NFL Draft

Worthington BLOG: Boise State Football and the NFL Draft

Worthington BLOG: Boise State Football and the NFL Draft 4/29/21   The NFL Draft is what I consider the best non-sports sporting event of the year.  I wish I knew a better way to say it. Consider it like this, what other event gets sports fans fired up without ever seeing a team even take the…

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

670 KBOI GUEST BLOG: Governor Brad Little

  After a challenging year, Idaho education needs our support By Governor Brad Little The past 13 months have presented enormous challenges for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The sudden changes in work life, home life, and social life, along with new ways of learning and instructing, have firmly placed the COVID-19 pandemic as…

UPDATE Worthington BLOG:  The Governor Must Veto SB 1110

UPDATE Worthington BLOG: The Governor Must Veto SB 1110

UPDATE 4/19/21 Governor Little signed SB-1110 into law Saturday, increasing restrictions on Idaho citizen initiative rights.  CBS 2 News reports, with this move, Idaho now has the most restrictive initiative rules in the nation.     By Rick Worthington 4/9/2021   Governor Brad Little – please Veto SB 1110. Do not let the Idaho Legislature silence…