HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Hutchinson Community blood drives will begin Monday, November 28 at First Presbyterian Church located at 201 E. Sherman Hutchinson, KS, and conclude on November 30th. The 3-day blood drives will help ensure new moms, premature babies, cancer patients, and accident victims have access to safe, lifesaving blood. The Red Cross provides about 40% of the nation’s blood supply. This year’s goal for the annual drive is to collect 287 units.
The CDC predicts a serious spread of flu this year and is already reporting an early spike in cases in several states. When seasonal illnesses increase, the number of healthy blood donors tends to decrease. The Red Cross needs people to give now to help ensure blood is available when patients need it.
In November, the American Red Cross urges blood donors of all types and those who have never given before to book a time to give blood or platelets and help protect the blood supply from dropping this fall. “We are extremely thankful to the Community Churches for allowing us to host blood drives in their facility. This ensures that blood is on the shelves during this time of need,” said Shaquira Martin, Red Cross communication regional manager, “Local churches stepping up by donating their space to keep the drives in Hutchinson going strong, we couldn’t do it without them.”
The Red Cross is working around the clock to meet the blood needs of hospitals and patients but can’t do it alone. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
First Presbyterian Church
201 E. Sherman Hutchinson, KS
Monday, November 28th, 11 am- 6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 29th – 11 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 30th – 7 am – 1 pm
About the American Red Cross:
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 visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross