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Donate blood with the Red Cross in support of organ transplant

October is Liver Awareness Month

OW Staff Writer | 9/25/2014, midnight
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month in October.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month in October.

According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.

Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information on liver disease and ways to help protect against liver disease is available at liverfoundation.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Baldwin Park

10/7/2014: 1 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., De Anza Elementary, 12820 Bess Ave.

Los Angeles

10/1/2014: 7:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Los Angeles County Civic Center, 500 W. Temple St.

10/1/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Los Angeles County Civic Center Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St.

10/3/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Judy Ivy Burton High School, 10101 Broadway St.

10/5/2014: 10 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Sears, 2650 E. Olympic Blvd.

10/6/2014: 1 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Los Angeles Islamic Center, 434 S. Vermont Ave.

10/8/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

10/8/2014: 2:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

10/9/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

10/9/2014: 2:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., California State University Los Angeles Lot D, 5151 State University Dr.

10/12/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Bresee Foundation, 184 S. Bimini Place

10/13/2014: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Southwestern University Bullocks Building, 675 S. Westmoreland Ave.

10/13/2014: 1 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Los Angeles Islamic Center, 434 S Vermont Ave.