The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give Nov. 18-Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules. Try these three:
It’s quick and easy to find a convenient blood drive. Search for drives by ZIP code and make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at RedCrossBlood.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass®. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but donors can save time with RapidPass. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes.
Donors will get important health information. Donors receive a mini-health screening to help determine eligibility that includes blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin readings. First-time donors will also find out their blood type soon after donating.
As schedules fill with holiday parties, shopping and fun with friends and family, many blood and platelet donors delay giving. Unfortunately, that may lead to delays in treatments for patients relying on blood. Right now, there is a critical need for type O blood donors.
The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give Nov. 18-Dec. 18 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Thanks.) Additionally, those who come to give Nov. 27-30 will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Orange County
Aliso Viejo
12/1/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 27231 Aliso Viejo Parkway
12/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC, 1 Polaris, Suite 300
12/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rockhill Management, 65 Enterprise
Coto de Caza
11/21/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wagon Wheel Elementary School, 30912 Bridle Path
11/26/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, 25291 Vista Del Verde
Dana Point
11/29/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Starbucks, 32880 Pacific Coast Highway #42
12/6/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road
Irvine
12/2/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tarbut Irvine High School, 5 Federation way
12/3/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., The Spectrum Crossroads Plaza, 16163 Lake Forest Drive
12/5/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Stanbridge College, 2041 Business Center Drive
12/8/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot, 3652 Michelson Drive
12/9/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lincoln Property 17885 Von Karman, 17885 Von Karman
12/15/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Irvine Onnuri Church, 17200 Jamboree Rd
12/17/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sand Canyon Campus, 15505 Sand Canyon Ave
Ladera Ranch
12/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ladera Ranch Oak Knoll, 28192 O’Neill Drive
Laguna Hills
11/29/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
11/30/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/1/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/2/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/3/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/4/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/5/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/6/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/7/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/8/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/9/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/10/2019: 3:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/11/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/12/2019: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/13/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/14/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/15/2019: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/16/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/17/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
12/18/2019: 12:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Dr
 Laguna Niguel
12/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Village La Paz Terrance 1, 24275 Avenida Breve
12/16/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Laguna Niguel Public Library, 30341 Crown Valley Parkway
 Lake Forest
12/11/2019: 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Santiago de Compostella Church, 21682 Lake Forest Drive
Mission Viejo
12/4/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saddleback Valley Unified School District, 25631 Peter A Hartman Way
12/12/2019: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Trabuco Hills High School, 27501 Mustang Run
 Newport Beach
12/10/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Newport Harbor High School, 600 Irvine Avenue
 Rancho Santa Margarita
12/11/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tesoro High School, 1 Tesoro Creek
 San Clemente
12/1/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 105 La Esperanza
12/18/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., SAMBAZON, 209 Aveninda Fabricante, Suite 200
San Juan Capistrano
12/18/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fluidmaster Incorporated, 30800 Rancho Viejo Rd
Tustin
12/9/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 2111 Bryan Ave
How to donate blood
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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