January is National Blood Donor Month; 20 Opportunities to Give This Month

FREMONT – The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood by resolving to give blood this January in recognition of national Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Blood Drives in January

Fremont

1/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Heritage at Shalimar Gardens, 749 East 29th Street

1/7/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Nebraska Medical Mart Fremont, 1451 N Bell Street

1/7/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hy-Vee, 840 East 23 St

1/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fremont Health Medical Center, 450 E. 23rd St

1/12/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fremont Mall, 860 East 23rd Street

1/13/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 3200 E Military Rd

1/16/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Fremont Bergan High School, 545 E. 4th St

1/26/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Baker’s Fremont, 1531 N Bell St.

1/28/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fremont Community, 1710 W 16th Street

1/29/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fremont Community, 1710 W 16th Street

1/30/2019: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Fremont High School, 1750 N. Lincoln Street

1/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Midland University Hopkins Arena, 900 N Clarkson

1/31/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., ATI Physical Therapy Fremont, 410 E 22nd Street

Scribner

1/28/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Mohr Auditorium, Highway 275

Cedar Bluffs

1/22/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 300 S 2nd St

Wahoo

1/11/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saunders County Medical Center, 1760 County Rd J

1/23/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wahoo High School, 2201 N. Locust

Blair

1/3/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Walmart Blair, 1882 Holly Street

1/14/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 2005 Davis Dr

1/19/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street

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 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 have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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