Each year, the American Red Cross and the North Platte Rotary Club partner during the annual spring Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive.
The 8th annual Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at the former Ben Franklin Building in the Westfield Shopping Plaza, 1927 West A, North Platte.
All donors will receive a prize.
The Rotary Club has boosted the blood supply by nearly 1,100 pints during the Bloodhounds' drives for seven years, said spokeswoman April Oppliger of the American Red Cross.
This year, the Bloodhounds are sniffing out new and returning donors, aiming to add another 158 pints to their total.
Those pints are needed. Blood products are currently going out to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in from donors, Oppliger said.
“Every two seconds someone in America needs blood,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “In the hour it takes to volunteer to donate blood, you can help save the lives of patients in your community and across the country.”
How to donate
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Appointments are encouraged to avoid wait times, but walk-ins are welcome.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply. 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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.