Donate blood during Diversity Awareness MonthOctober is Diversity Awareness Month. Help the American Red Cross ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by making an appointment to donate blood or encouraging others to become blood donors.
October is Diversity Awareness Month. Help the American Red Cross ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by making an appointment to donate blood or encouraging others to become blood donors.
“It is important for our blood supply to reflect the diversity of the American public,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEP of the North Central Blood Services Region. “Patients who receive transfusions tend to do better with blood that is closely matched to their own. In special cases, this comes from donors from the same ethnic background.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
•October 14, 1 to 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville, 526 State Street.
•October 15, noon to 6 p.m. at the Community Center in Osakis.
•October 20, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church, 206 Minnesota Avenue East.
•October 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Minnewaska High School in Starbuck, 3330 West Highway 28.
To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.