Red Cross: Donation Appointments Critical in Coming Weeks


As October comes to a close, the American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to make and keep donation appointments now to help hospitals restock blood products for patients ahead of the holiday season.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets to help recover from a significant shortfall in donations throughout late summer and fall.

Patients are counting on lifesaving care now and all season long.

Those ready to help can schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, and to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film Elf and create holiday cheer, all who come to give Nov. 10-30 will receive an exclusive pair of Elf + Red Cross socks, while supplies last. Visit for details.

How to donate blood:

  • A blood donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in
  • Must be at least 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law)
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • Be in generally good health

Locally you can donate:

  • November 20th, Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church
  • November 22, Indian Lake Community Church
  • December 5, Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families.

The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission.

For more information, please visit or, or visit Twitter at @RedCross.