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Red Cross seeks blood donors

| May 25, 2023 12:00 AM

The American Red Cross asks people to book a time to give blood now to address a recent drop in donation appointments that could lead to fewer transfusions for patients in the weeks ahead. Type O blood donors are especially needed to ensure a strong blood supply.

Local opportunities are available June 6 from noon-6:15 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Ignatius, and June 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson.

To make an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). 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.

Amplify your impact − volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, contact or visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.