Blood donation opportunities available

Published 9:29 am Thursday, April 2, 2015

The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood, according to a press release.

Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of only 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component and are always needed by hospitals.

Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.

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Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days up to three times per year.

To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area will be from 2 to 7 p.m. April 24 at St. Theodore Catholic Church, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at Hy-Vee and from 1 to 6 p.m. April 28 at Northbridge Mall, all in Albert Lea; and from 1 to 6 p.m. April 16 at Hollandale Reformed Church.