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Blood Donation Opportunities for April
April 16, 2017 - April 30, 2017FREE
Did you know that red blood cells must be used within 42 days of donation?
Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.
Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.
Eligible donors can give red blood cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a Power Red donation, where available. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
While donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood, type O, A negative and B negative donors are urged to give Power Reds if they meet the additional eligibility criteria. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type in an emergency. Similarly, type O positive can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients. Power Red donations help ensure a stable supply of these critical blood types.
Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, up to six times a year, and Power Red donations may be made every 112 days, up to three times per year.
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center
Willow Grove Donor Center
31 Easton Road Willow Grove, PA 19090
Monday – Wednesday: 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m. (platelet pheresis)
Thursday – Sunday: 7:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. (platelet pheresis)
4/27/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Best Western, 3499 Street Road
4/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Mark’s School, 1024 Radcliff St.
4/17/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Pleasantville United Church of Christ, 3424 Limekiln Pike
4/17/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Doylestown United Methodist Church, 320 E. Swamp Road
4/27/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St.
4/28/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tohickon Middle School, 5051 Old Easton Road
4/17/2017: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Frances Cabrini Church, Monsignor Woods Hall, 325 S. Oxford Valley
4/22/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Scottsville United Methodist Church, 2400 Brownsville Road
4/27/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ramada Inn, 6201 Bristol Pike
4/20/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Yardley Fitness, 925 Lincoln Highway
4/19/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1680 Aquetong Road
4/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, 110 N. Sixth St.
4/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Plumstead Township Bulding, 5186 Stump Road
4/18/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., West End Fire Company, 1319 Park Ave.
4/22/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Quakertown Farmer’s Market, 201 Station Road
4/24/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Springtown Volunteer Fire Company #40, 3010 Route 212
4/21/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 999 York Road
4/24/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Benjamin Wilson Senior Center, 580 Delmont Ave.
4/27/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Manor Care-Oxford Valley, 1480 Oxford Valley Road
4/19/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Temple Beth Am, 971 Old York Road
4/26/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, 1 W. Ardmore Ave.
4/25/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Matthias Catholic Church, 120 Bryn Mawr Ave.
4/20/2017: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tiferet BET Israel, 1920 Skippack Pike
4/19/2017: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Won Institute of Graduate Studies, 137 S. Easton Road
4/25/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW Post 676-North Penn, 2519 Jenkintown Road
4/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 1101 Cowpath Road
4/16/2017: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Days Inn, 245 Easton Road
King of Prussia
4/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Valley Forge Casino, 1160 First Ave.
4/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., The Peter Powerhouse Foundation at Towamencin Mennonite Church, 1980 Sumneytown Pike
4/20/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Messiah United Methodist Church, 527 Ridge Pike
4/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Supplee Memorial Presbyterian Church, 855 E. Welsh Road
4/20/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Titus Roman Catholic Church, 3006 Keenwood Road
4/18/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Montgomery Square United Methodist Church, 1900 County Line Road
4/17/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Church on the Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike
4/25/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Brandywine Realty Trust Building, 660 West Germantown Pike
4/17/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Comfort Inn, 99 Robinson St.
4/29/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Landis Supermarket, 2685 County Line Road
4/17/2017: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. David’s Church, 316 N. Easton Road
4/25/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Techni-Tool, 1547 N. Trooper Road
4/18/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Insurance Data Processing, One Washington Square, 8101 Washington Lane 4/26/2017: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ancillae Assumpta Academy, 2025 Church Road
How to help
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of 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, contact Nancy Tobin at 215-451-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rdcrss.org/driver.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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.