Blood Donation Opportunities Dec. 16-31, 2015

Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

Be part of something meaningful by giving blood 

BURLINGTON, VT (December 1, 2015) – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 23, 2015, through Jan. 3, 2016, will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Jamie Czesak made her first blood donation on Dec. 27, 2013. “As I spent Christmas with my family, I realized how lucky I was to have my health and how we never really know when our last Christmas will be. I decided that I would face my fears and do one of the few things I can do to help save someone’s life  ̶  donate blood.”

Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Addison

Middlebury

12/21/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Middlebury EMS Building, 55 Collins Dr

Vergennes

12/17/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vergennes High School, 50 Monkton Road

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Caledonia

Saint Johnsbury

12/23/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saint Johnsbury Moose Lodge, 2388 Portland St (Rt 2 E)

12/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Green Mountain Mall, 2000 Memorial Dr, Suite #14

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Chittenden

Burlington

12/19/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Burlington Free Press, Burlington Town Center, Upper Level between Spencer’s & Famous Footwear

12/28/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 80 Pearl Street

12/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., The University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Avenue

Essex

12/19/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way

12/24/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way

12/27/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Essex Cinema, 21 Essex Way

Essex Junction

12/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Holy Family Church, 4 Prospect St.

Milton

12/30/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Milton Community, 201 Route 7, Milton Square Shopping Center

Richmond

12/16/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Congregational Church, 20 Church Street

South Burlington

12/24/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Temple Sinai_South Burlington, Swift & Dorset St.

12/30/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church of LDS South Burlington, 400 Swift Street

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Essex

Canaan

12/16/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Canaan High School, 99 School Street

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Franklin

Swanton

12/31/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., VFW Swanton, 8 Merchants Row

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Grand Isle

Alburg

12/22/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Islands in the Sun Senior Center, Main St.

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Orange

Bradford

12/18/2015: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bradford Methodist Church, 186 Main Street

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Orleans

Derby

12/22/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Newport Elks Club, 3736 Us Route 5

Newport

12/29/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Legion, 35 Veterans Ave

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Rutland

Rutland

12/26/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Diamond Run Mall, 46 Diamond Run Mall Place

West Rutland

12/31/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., West Rutland High School, 713 Main St

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Washington

Barre

12/23/2015: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wilkins Harley Davidson, 663 South Barre Road

12/28/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Canadian Club, 414 E Montpelier Rd

Berlin

12/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Central Vermont Medical Center, 130 Fisher Road

Montpelier

12/17/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 792, 792 Pioneer St

12/24/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Avenue

12/31/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St

Waitsfield

12/29/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 4335 Main St.

Waterbury

12/28/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion, 16 Stowe St

 

How to donate blood

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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. 

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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