April is National Volunteer Month; Red Cross posts blood donation opportunities

ST. GEORGE— The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

More than 3 million generous people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. The Red Cross salutes these volunteer blood donors who helped fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to roll up a sleeve and join them.

Kathy Huey became a donor after encouragement from her husband, who has given more than 11 gallons of blood.

“I love the fact that I’m helping others by giving a little bit of my time,” Huey said. “It’s simple and easy and helps save lives – what could be better?”

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit the Red Cross website or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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 (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 predonation reading and health history questionnaire online on the day of their donation prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit the Red Cross RapidPass webpage and follow the instructions on the site.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Washington County:

St. George

  • April 1: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
  • April 1: 2-7 p.m., Dixie Regional Medical Center, 1380 E. Medical Center Drive
  • April 4: 1-6 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
  • April 8: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
  • April 11: 1-6 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6
  • April 11: 1-7 p.m., St. George Catholic Church, 259 W. 200 North
  • April 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Toyota Dealership, 150 W. Hilton Drive
  • April 15: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 611 N. 2450 East
  • April 15: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. George Blood Donation Center, 476 E. Riverside Drive, Suite B6

Washington

  • April 6: 1:30-7 p.m., Stake Center, 860 N. Fairway Drive

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Iron County

Cedar City

  • April 4: 2-7 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, 690 S. Cove Drive
  • April 7: 1:30-7:30 p.m., Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake, 2830 W. Cody Drive
  • April 8: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southern Utah University Nursing Students, SUU Nursing Office, 351 W. University Blvd. GC-005

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Kane County

Kanab

  • April 5: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaibab South Chapel, 604 S. 100 East

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org or follow Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCross.

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