WINNSBORO – The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.
First United Methodist Church of Winnsboro, 109 College St. in Winnsboro, will hosting one of those blood drives from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 29.
Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays.
Healthy donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types AB, O, B negative and A negative. All those who donate Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
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 pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).