Blood donation opportunities in southern IL, western KY

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PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – The Red Cross asks for blood donations during National Minority Health Month in April.

This month is time to raise awareness about health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations. The American Red Cross reminds blood and platelet donors it’s critically important to maintain a stable blood supply this spring to support those with chronic illnesses and other blood needs in the U.S.

Blood transfusions are one of the most critical treatments for patients like those living with sickle cell disease – the majority of whom are of African and Latin descent – and beta thalassemia major, which disproportionately affects those of Asian descent.

Women who are Black are more likely than women who are white to experience severe postpartum hemorrhage, often requiring blood transfusion. Donors are urged to make an appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross is giving a Red Cross t-shirt as a thank you to those who come to give through April 18, while supplies last. Those who come to give April 19-May 19 will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice and will be automatically entered to win a new travel trailer camper that sleeps eight, all courtesy of Suburban Propane. (See terms: rcblood.org/camper)

All presenting blood donors receive a free mini-health screening with insights on pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin. Vital signs are recorded in the donor’s online profile where they can track and monitor their results via the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org and share the results with their health care provider.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities, April 7-30:

Illinois

Massac County

Metropolis
4/11/2022
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Road

Kentucky

Ballard County

La Center
4/21/2022
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway

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Caldwell County

Princeton

4/7/2022
noon – 6 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, 121 Kentucky Avenue

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Graves County

Wingo

4/8/2022
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Mt Pleasant Mennonite Church, 2345 Almus Road

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Marshall County

Benton

April 13
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Marshall County High School, 416 High School Road

Calvert City

April 21
12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 US Highway 62

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McCracken County

Paducah

April 7
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 8
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 9
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 10
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 11
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road

April 11
12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 12
12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 13
10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 13
2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road

April 14
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 15
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 16
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 17
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 18
12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 19
12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 20
10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 21
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 22
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 23
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 24
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 24
11:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Reidland United Methodist Church, 5515 Reidland Drive

April 25
12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 26
12:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 27
10:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 28
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 29
7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

April 30
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive

Additional health details

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus after vaccination or past exposure, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.

Plasma from routine blood, platelet and plasma donations that have high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to meet potential future needs of COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.

The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose infection, referred to as a diagnostic test. Those who have been asked to quarantine or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 are asked to postpone donation until they are symptom free for 10 days and feeling well and healthy.

The Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive antibody testing results and sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. Donors and staff are asked to wear face masks regardless of vaccination status.

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive 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 at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age 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 of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

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