Chance at trip to California for donors in April
LACROSSE, Wis. (April 20, 2023) – April is National Minority Health Month — a time to raise awareness
about health disparities that disproportionately affect racially and ethnically diverse populations. It’s also a
time to encourage action through access to care by inspiring people to give blood or platelets.
The American Red Cross is reminding blood and platelet donors it’s vital to make and keep donation
appointments this month to ensure shelves are fully stocked with blood products all season long. With
blood transfusions remaining one of the most critical treatments for patients − like those facing pregnancy
and childbirth complications, and those with chronic illnesses like sickle cell disease − donors can
connect patients to lifesaving care.
Having a diverse blood supply is one way to ensure all patients have ongoing access to
compatible blood transfusions. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor
App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
People coming together to care for one another is the humanitarian spirit shared by the Red Cross
community and PEANUTS ®. All who come to give by April 23 will get an exclusive Red Cross and
PEANUTS Snoopy T-shirt, while supplies last. Plus, through April 30, those who come to give will be
automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night trip for two to Sonoma County, California, courtesy
of Peanuts Worldwide. Details are available at rcblood.org/cool.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities, April 20-30:
Granton: 5/5/2023: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Granton High School, 217 N Main St
Loyal: 4/27/2023: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Loyal High School, 514 W. Central Street
Neillsville: 4/24/2023: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 73, 6 Boon Blvd, PO Box 204
Owen: 5/9/2023: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center, W4266 State Road 29
Thorp: 4/25/2023: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thorp Fire & Ambulance District Station, Corner of Cty Rd X and S Wilson St
Black River Falls: 4/25/2023: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lunda Community Center, 405 State Hwy 54
Cashton: 5/12/2023: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cashton Community Center, 811 Main St.
Fort McCoy: 5/8/2023: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Bldg 50, Bldg. 50 South O Street
Sparta: 5/2/2023: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Legion, 1116 Angelo Rd
Tomah: 4/20/2023: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 202 E Juneau St
4/24/2023: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Toro Company, 200 Sime Ave
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED
CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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
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