[ATLANTA, June 13, 2022] — The American Red Cross of Georgia is celebrating World Blood Donor Day by sending a huge thank you to all past and future blood and/or platelet donors! World Blood Donor Day is recognized each year on June 14. This day is meant to raise awareness of the need for a safe and stable blood supply and to recognize volunteer blood donors.
Blood donations decline in late spring and early summer – especially during holiday weeks, like Memorial Day and Independence Day – but the need for blood and platelet transfusions doesn’t take a summer break. With no substitution for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for patients with sickle cell disease, car accident victims, and parents experiencing difficult childbirth.
The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients in need.
Help save lives at one of the following blood
- 7/1: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Allied Arts 101 W. McIntosh, Milledgeville, GA
- 7/4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Allied Arts 101 W. McIntosh, Milledgeville, GA 7/4: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stubbs Park Activities 130 Park Place, Dublin, GA
- 7/6: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sardis-Heard Funerals & Cremation Center 6125 Houston Rd., Macon, GA
- 7/6: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hart's Mortuary 307 Pecan Lane, Gray, GA
- 7/6: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Houston County Galleria 2950 Watson Boulevard, Centerville, GA
- 7/7: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Pruitt Health Hospice 6060 Lakeside Commons Drive, Macon, GA
- 7/8: 10: a.m. – 3 p.m. Houston County Galleria 2950 Watson Boulevard, Centerville, GA
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Sponsor code: HEROES. Donors of all blood types are needed. A blood donor card, 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.