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March 27, 2018 > Blood donors urged to help restock Red Cross shelves

Blood donors urged to help restock Red Cross shelves

Submitted By Christine Welch

Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives. Tri-City residents have several opportunities to make blood donations in the coming weeks:

Fremont
¥ March 31: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Islamic Society of the East Bay, Islamic Society of East Bay, 33330 Peace Terrace

Union City
¥ April 6: 10 a.m. Ð 4 p.m. Union City Sports Center, 31224 Union City Blvd.

Newark
Fremont-Newark Blood Donation Center, 39227 Cedar Blvd.
¥ March 27, 28 and 29: 11:15 a.m. Ð 6:15 p.m.
¥ Wednesday, March 28: 11:15 a.m. Ð 6:15 p.m.
¥ March 30, 31: 8:15 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
¥ April 1: 8:15 a.m. Ð 2:45 p.m.
¥ April 3: 8:35 a.m. Ð 6:15 p.m.
¥ April 4, 5: 11:45 a.m. Ð 6:30 p.m.
¥ April 5: 11:45 a.m. Ð 6:30 p.m.
¥ April 6, 7: 8:15 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
¥ April 8: 8:15 a.m. Ð 2:45 p.m.
¥ April 10: 11:45 a.m. Ð 6:15 p.m.
¥ April 11, 12: 11:45 a.m. Ð 6:30 p.m.
¥ April 13, 14: 8:15 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
¥ April 15: 8:15 a.m. Ð 2:45 p.m.

How to donate blood
Visit the American Red Cross website at 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 driverÕs license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years-old in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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-old or younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.

Volunteers needed
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.

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