Donors Urged to Help Red Cross Maintain Blood Supply

SALINA – Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need.

In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.

Blood and platelet donations are needed in the coming days to help replenish the blood supply and ensure patients continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Donors can help even more patients when they invite a loved one, friend or co-worker to give with them.

Make an appointment to donate this winter by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities February 16-28:

  • Salina
    Feb. 21: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Accessible Home Care, 131 N. Santa Fe
    Feb. 26: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sunrise Presbyterian, 825 E. Beloit
    Feb. 27: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sunrise Presbyterian, 825 E. Beloit
    Feb. 28: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunrise Presbyterian, 825 E. Beloit
  • Sterling
    Feb. 16.: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Center, 121 S. Broadway
  • Beloit
    Feb. 16: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., North Central Kansas Wellness Center Gym, 3033 U.S. Highway 24
  • Ellsworth
    Feb. 19: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Bernard’s Catholic Church, 911 N. Kansas
  • Hillsboro
    Feb. 19: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Hillsboro High School, 500 E. Grand
  • Jewell
    Feb. 20: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Jewell Community Building, 214 Delaware
  • Goessel
    Feb. 21: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mennonite Church, 109 S. Church
  • Concordia
    Feb. 22: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cloud County Community College, 2221 Campus
    Feb. 23: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Methodist Church, 740 W. 11th
  • Inman
    Feb. 23: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Peter’s United Church of Christ, 111 Pine
  • Lyons
    Feb. 23: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith Bible Church, 102 Coronado Drive
  • Moundridge
    Feb. 23: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pine Village Wellness Center, 86 22nd Ave.
  • Tipton
    Feb. 26: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 416 Pitt St.
  • Newton
    Feb. 26: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main
    Feb. 27: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main

How to donate blood
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.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Updated: February 13, 2018 — 5:25 pm

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