The American Red Cross wants to remind eligible donors that the need for blood is constant and the blood supply must be regularly replenished. By making an appointment to donate blood, dedicated donors can help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients - locally and across the nation.
There are plenty of opportunities to donate this October and those looking for another way to increase the lifesaving impact of blood donation can become an advocate by encouraging friends and family to become dedicated blood donors, too.
Just three percent of the United States population gives blood, and one of the top reasons people say they haven't given blood is because no one asked them to.
Help the Red Cross increase the number of blood donors and maintain a stable blood supply for those in need by making an appointment to donate and encouraging others to give, too.
If you are interested in becoming a donor, 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 and a blood donor card, driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.
To be eligible to donate individuals must be 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission in some states, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
Donation information for Buffalo County is listed below. For more donation dates and locations visit redcrossblood.org.