Red Cross to put on blood drives in April

Published 6:05 pm Saturday, April 18, 2015

The American Red Cross is sponsoring several blood drives for area residents to participate in over the next few weeks.

People can donate blood from noon to 6 p.m. April 20 at the Mower County Senior Center, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at the YMCA of Austin, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 27 at the Gerard Academy.

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component, and are always needed by hospitals.

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Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).