Blood drives scheduled

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Inside the 58 hospitals served by American Red Cross, River Valley Blood Services Region, blood needs are constant for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses; victims of automobile and other accidents; infants born prematurely; and many others.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. However, the average blood donor in the 68-county service area donates blood an average of only one time each year, although many individuals can donate blood as often as every 56 days.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed to donate blood, adding that O, A Negative and B Negative blood types are currently in great demand.

Platelet donations are also urgently needed at this time. Platelet donations, available by appointment at both downtown and east end locations of the American Red Cross, often support patients in their treatment for leukemia, lymphoma and other illnesses. Phone 1-502-540-1356 to schedule a platelet donation appointment.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Upcoming Blood Drives in Oldham County

Oldham County Family YMCA , Nov. 1, 2 p.m.- 7 p.m., 20 Quality Place in Buckner (502) 222-9358

Ballardsville Baptist Church, Nov. 11, 2 p.m.- 6 p.m., 4300 South Hwy 53 in Ballardsville, (502) 222-9165

Walmart, Nov. 29, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., 1015 New Moody Lane in La Grange (502) 222-4260