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Red Cross Calls for Urgent Blood Donation

Red CrossDisasters can strike at any time, the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.

A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.

To help increase donations during the month of September, those who come out to donate blood or platelets throughout the month will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.

Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Beverly Hills
9/17/2014: 10 am – 4:15 pm, America Online, 331 N. Maple Dr
9/17/2014: 12 pm – 6:15 pm, Montage, 225 North Cannon Drive

Culver City
9/18/2014: 9 am – 3:15 pm, West Los Angeles College, 4800 Freshman Drive
9/29/2014: 9 am – 3:15 pm, West Los Angeles College, 4800 Freshman Drive

Playa del Rey
9/18/2014: 1 pm – 7:15 pm, Westchester Elk’s Lodge, 8025 W Manchester Blvd

Santa Monica
9/15/2014: 2 pm – 8:15 pm, American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter, 1450 11th St
9/22/2014: 10 am – 4:15 pm, American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter, 1450 11th St
9/29/2014: 8:30 am – 2:45 pm, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd.
9/29/2014: 2 pm – 8:15 pm, American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter, 1450 11th St

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.

About the American Red Cross
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, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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