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World Red Cross Day a good time to donate

April 22nd, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood and help save lives in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

Each year, the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder Henry Dunant.

Donors of all blood types are needed. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

• Cresaptown — May 13, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Career Center.

• Cumberland — May 2, 12:30 to 6 p.m., American Red Cross Cumberland, 400 Cumberland St.; May 11, 12:30 to 6 p.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 1601 Frederick St.

• Lonaconing — May 10, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Good Will Fire Company Armory.

• Luke — May 13, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Luke Community Building.

• Oakland — May 6, 12:30 to 6 p.m., American Legion; May 10, 11:30 a.m. to  5 p.m., St. Peter’s Catholic Church.

• Bedford, Pa. — May 9, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Moose Lodge 480.

• Hyndman, Pa. — May 4, noon to 5:30 p.m., Hyndman Volunteer Fire Department.

• Schellsburg, Pa. — May 12, 1:30 to 7 p.m., Schellsburg VFW Post 4440.

• Shanksville, Pa. — May 3, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Shanksville Stonycreek High School.

• Springs, Pa. — May 14, 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Springs Mennonite Church.

• Fort Ashby, W.Va. — May 13, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Fort Ashby Fire Hall.

• Keyser, W.Va. — May 6, 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Keyser High School.

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 save time at their next donation by using RapidPass. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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