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Spring into action and give blood with the Red Cross

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BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) — During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead. 

Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care this spring.

The Red Cross depends on thousands of volunteer blood donors to collect about 12,000 blood donations every single day. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential in transfusion care. Blood drives and donation centers also depend on the generosity and valuable time of those who make it possible for the Red Cross to help people in need.

Spring into action – book a time to give lifesaving blood or platelets now by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Those who come to give April 8-28, 2024, will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, plus be automatically entered to win a $7,000 gift card. There will be two lucky winners. See for details.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 8-28:



  • 4/19/2024: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pocatello Idaho North Stake Center, 4890 Whitaker Road


  • 4/10/2024: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southeastern Idaho Public Health, 1901 Alvin Ricken Road
  • 4/11/2024: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Elevate Fitness, 1800 Garrett Way
  • 4/11/2024: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Reed Gym, 936 Martin Luther King Drive
  • 4/17/2024: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Idaho Transportation Department, 5151 S. 5th
  • 4/17/2024: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Idaho Fish and Game, 1345 Barton Road
  • 4/17/2024: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber Blood Drive at the Pocatello Blood Donation Center, 4155 Yellowstone Ave., in the PineRidge Mall
  • 4/24/2024: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pocatello City Hall, 911 North 7th Ave.



  • 4/12/2024: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., LDS Rose Building, 403 N. 150 W.
  • 4/18/2024: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Christian Fellowship Church, 2550 Rose Road


Idaho Falls

  • 4/11/2024: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., In Honor of Olive at American Red Cross, 1165 E. 17th St.
  • 4/25/2024: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4707 East Iona Road



  • 4/18/2024: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Arco LDS Ward Building, 2438 N. 3000 W. County Road



  • 4/9/2024: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Menan Town Hall, 659 E. 3550 N.


  • 4/26/2024: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Monteview Ward Building, 2415 N. 800 E.


  • 4/10/2024: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jefferson County Courthouse, 210 Courthouse Way Suite 100


  • 4/16/2024: 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Ririe High School, 13809 N 130th E.



  • 4/23/2024: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Salmon LDS Church, 400 South Daisy
  • 4/24/2024: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Salmon LDS Church, 400 South Daisy


American Falls

  • 4/16/2024: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. John's Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee Road



  • 4/23/2024: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Driggs Idaho LDS Stake, 221 N. 1st E.

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.

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