Red Cross plans monthly blood drives



January is National Blood Donor Month, a time when the American Red Cross recognizes and thanks the millions of blood donors across the country for helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.

During January, the Red Cross has two blood mobile opportunities in North Vernon.

They are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at Walmart, 2410 N. State Road 3, and from 3:30 to 6:40 p.m. the same day at Miller Chiropractic, 209 S. State St.

Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the effect it can have.

About 44,000 pints of blood are needed daily in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, cancer patients and others.

Call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for 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, 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.

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