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Blood donations needed before the holiday decline

American Red Cross offers opportunities Nov. 1-15

OW Staff Writer | 10/16/2014, midnight
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.

Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.

Blood donation appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor App—a faster, more convenient way to schedule and manage donation appointments, especially for donors on the go. The app also allows users to track donation histories, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The app is free and available for download in app stores.

Donors may also visit redcrossblood.org or call RED CROSS (800)-733-2767 to learn about the donation process and to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

11/2/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 S. Vermont Ave.

11/2/2014: 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave.

11/3/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

11/3/2014: 1 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Los Angeles Islamic Center, 434 S Vermont Ave.

11/3/2014: 2:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

11/4/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

11/4/2014: 2:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

11/5/2014: 7:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Los Angeles County Civic Center, 500 W Temple St.

11/5/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., LACES High School, 5931 W 18th St.

11/5/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Constellation Place, 10250 Constellation Blvd.

11/5/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Los Angeles County Civic Center Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St.

11/6/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Jordan High School, 2265 E. 103rd St.

11/7/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Belmont High School, 1575 W. 2nd St.

11/9/2014: 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., MundoFOX22 Health Fair, 120 Broadway

11/10/2014: 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton LAX Hotel, 9750 Airport Blvd.

11/10/2014: 1 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Los Angeles Islamic Center, 434 S. Vermont Ave.

11/11/2014: 7 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., North Building, 1720 Cesar Chavez Ave.

11/11/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Los Angeles Police Dept. West Bureau, 4849 W. Venice Blvd.

11/11/2014: 11 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., North Building, 1720 Cesar Chavez Ave.

11/11/2014: 11 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Occidental College Lower Herrick, 1600 Campus Rd.

11/13/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Emerson Adult Learning Center, 8810 S. Emerson Ave.

11/13/2014: 9:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., CB Richard Ellis Sepulveda Center, 3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or on Twitter at @RedCross.