The American Red Cross has scheduled more blood donation opportunities in southwest Kansas to meet the growing need for blood.
These donation sites will remain open from March 15 to March 31.
According to the Red Cross, the need for blood, especially Type O, has been in increased demand due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as the recent arctic weather.
“For patients in the emergency room, fighting cancer or coping with a life-threatening illness, help can’t wait. Their health is reliant on the selfless generosity of blood donors,” said the Red Cross in a press release. “However, the blood supply continues to face challenges from the ongoing pandemic and extreme winter weather that impacted much of the U.S. last month.”
The Red Cross asserts that donors are needed now more than ever, especially Type O blood donors, to ensure that patients have lifesaving blood products available for emergencies and everyday medical treatments.
Interested people can schedule a blood donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Additionally, March is Red Cross Month and so the Red Cross is celebrating people for being a vital part of the organization’s life-saving mission.
People who donate from March 15 to March 26 will receive an exclusive Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
The donations sites and times for March 15 to March 31 are as followed:
3/31/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Crosspoint Great Bend, 57 SE 20 Road
3/22/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 N 8th
3/23/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 N 8th
3/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave.
3/30/2021: 7:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., Senior Center, 2408 Central Ave.
3/30/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Johns Parish Hall, 100 Main Street
3/31/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., 4-H Building, 905 Ingalls Ave.
3/24/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Syracuse High School, 502 North Main
3/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hodgeman County 4-H Building, South Atkin
3/25/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Lakin High School, 407 N Campbell
3/17/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fowler High School Dome, 100 W. 8th
3/25/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elkhart Church of the Nazarene, 365 Colorado Street
3/26/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Pratt Community Building, 619 N. Main