For the past 13 years, the combined efforts of the American Red Cross and Noon Rotary Club members have led hundreds of people to give blood, potentially helping save thousands of lives. The 14th annual Bloodhounds Blood Drive returns to North Platte on Wednesday, April 12.Every spring since 2004, about 150 donors have rolled up a sleeve during the Bloodhounds event, donating a total of 1,944 pints of blood so far.
“It’s no mistake that this blood drive falls during National Volunteer Month,” said Amanda Koubek, the donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “North Platte Noon Rotary members live by the words ‘Service Above Self'’ year-round. By hosting this annual blood drive, they remind the rest of the community to be generous donors for those depending on blood transfusions.”
The annual Bloodhounds Drive will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 at the Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St.
To make an appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-REDCROSS and use sponsor code RotaryBloodhounds.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
How to donate
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. To be eligible, you must be 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive.
To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 visitredcross.orgor cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.