Share your strength: Give blood or platelets with the Red Cross


DAYTON — This spring, the American Red Cross asks donors to help defend the blood supply by giving blood or platelets now to combat a monstrous fact: only three out of 100 people donate blood.

“That’s why we’re teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures to celebrate the epic new film, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, and to invite donors to rise together and give blood. When donors share their strength by coming to give March 25-April 7, they’ll get an exclusive Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire and Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. (Details are available at*),” said a press release from the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donation appointments remain vital this month. People of all blood types – especially those with type O blood – are critical to ensuring hospital shelves can be replenished as soon as possible.

To book a time to give, visit, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Additionally, all who come to give April 8-28 will get a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, plus be automatically entered for a chance to win one of two $7,000 gift cards. Visit for details.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 26-April 2:

• Champaign County:

— Saint Paris: March 26 from 3-9 p.m., Graham Elementary School, 9464 US Highway 36 West; April 15: 12:30-6:30 p.m., Evans-Purk Building, 115 S. Church St.

— Urbana: April 1 from noon-6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 116 W. Court St.

• Clark County:

— Springfield: April 2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wittenberg University, 200 W Ward St.

• Miami County:

— Troy: March 28 from noon-6 p.m., Red Cross Building-Troy, 1100 Wayne St.

• Montgomery County:

— Dayton: April 2 from 1-7 p.m., Village at Dayton Mall, 2792 Miamisburg Centerville Road

— Vandalia: March 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Amazon Fulfillment Center LUK2, 1835 Union Airpark Blvd.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit , 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 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 or use the Blood Donor App.

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 visit

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 or, or visit X (Twitter) at @RedCross.

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