Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 18, 2013

Red Cross plans blood drives

Kokomo Tribune

---- — The American Red Cross has announced blood drives scheduled for the month of November:

• 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1, city of Kokomo building parking lot, 100 S. Union St., as part of the First Friday Downtown Association event.

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9, Bible Baptist Church foyer, 2635 S. Dixon Road.

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 26, St. Joseph Hospital in Trinity Classroom, 1907 W. Sycamore St.

Every day, patients across the U.S. need more than 44,000 units of blood to treat emergency and ongoing medical conditions, according to the Red Cross. Patients depend on blood for cancer treatments, scheduled surgeries, emergency or accident care, as well as ongoing needs related to serious diseases like sickle cell.

While all blood types are needed, the demand for type O blood is great since type O can be transfused to patients with other blood types like A, B and AB. While type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type, type O negative can be transfused to anyone with any blood type, making it the type most needed in emergencies when a patient’s blood type isn’t known.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Those who give are asked to bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive identification.