Give blood with the Red Cross during National Volunteer Month
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.
More than 3 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.
Kathy Huey became a donor after encouragement from her husband, who has given more than 11 gallons of blood. “I love the fact that I’m helping others by giving a little bit of my time,” she said. “It’s simple and easy and helps save lives – what could be better?”
Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
4/13/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Liberty Hall/Town Hall, 584 Main Street
4/6/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 128 School Street
4/11/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Douglas High School, 33 Davis Street
4/2/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Fitchburg Fire Department, 33 North Street
4/13/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Bromfield High School, 14 Massachusetts Ave.
4/12/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Leominster Elks Lodge, 134 North Main Street
4/15/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Tufts Univeristy – McGrath Bldg, 200 Westboro Road
4/1/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., South Lancaster Academy, 198 George Hill Rd
4/1/2016: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Harrington Hospital, 100 South Street
4/15/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Quaboag Regional High School, 284 Old West Brookfield Road
4/9/2016: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 West Main Street
4/5/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street
4/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Assumption College Campus Center, 500 Salisbury Street
4/7/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Quinsigamond Community College, 25 Federal 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 and learn more, 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 cruzrojaamericana.org