You may have heard of the lack of donors to the American Red Cross over the past two years. The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented many people from giving life and it is not improving.
Today the Red Cross is sounding the alarm again. Agency officials say a sharp drop in participation in blood donors has contributed to the lowest level of blood inventory after the summer in six years, and donors of all blood groups – especially the type O – and platelet donors are “urged to make an appointment to donate now and in the coming weeks to help meet patient needs this fall.”
IF YOU DONATE YOU WILL BE REWARDED
If you donate this month you will receive a limited edition Red Cross football inspired t-shirt, while supplies last, as well as a free haircut coupon via email from Sport Clips Haircuts.
If you want to wait until next October, you’ll receive a link by email to claim a free $ 5 e-gift card from a merchant of your choice.
Yakima Blood Donor Center, 302 S 2nd Street – see redcrossblood.org for hours
10/11/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cheese Sandwich Day, 302 S 2nd Street = D
10/25/2021: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., West Valley Fire Department, 10000 Zier Rd.
SAVE TIME WITH YOUR DONATION
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes collecting blood by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions on RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross blood donor app.
“a press release states that” to donate blood, individuals must bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other pieces of identification that are required at check-in. People aged 17 in most states (16 with parental consent where state law allows), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and under must also meet certain height and weight requirements. “