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Help the Red Cross refuel the blood supply

American Red Cross

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) — Your car can’t run on empty. Neither can hospital blood banks.

The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types, especially those with type O blood, to give blood and help refuel the blood supply.

This spring, the Red Cross is teaming up with INDYCAR to urge people to help keep the blood supply on track by donating blood or platelets. 

Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets April 1-15 will automatically be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500. The Red Cross will also automatically enter all who come to give in April for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available HERE.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 1-15

BANNOCK

Pocatello

  • 4/2/2021: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fairfield Inn & Suites, 205 Via Venitio
  • 4/9/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 200 Via Venitio

BINGHAM

Blackfoot

4/13/2021: Noon - 5:30 p.m., Blackfoot Northwest Stake Center, 95 North 740 West

BONNEVILLE

Irwin

4/10/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Swan Valley Elementary School, 3389 Swan Valley Highway 26

JEFFERSON

Hamer

4/15/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2379 E. 2050 N.

Monteview

4/13/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monteview Ward Building, 2415 N. 800 E.

Rigby

4/9/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jefferson County Courthouse, 210 Courthouse Way Suite 100

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product collected from COVID-19 survivors who have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. 

Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face-covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.  

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