Marion-area blood drives announced for January 2015

The American Red Cross will conduct open blood drives at the following Marion County locations this month:

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, January 2, Walgreens, 130 University Drive
  • Noon – 6 p.m. Monday, January 5, Marion Public Library, 445 E Church Street
  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, January 8, American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584 (Bingo Hall), 142 Olney Avenue
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday January 15, Elgin High School (Gymnasium) 1239 Keener Road, Marion
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 17, LaRue United Methodist Church, 350 North High, LaRue
  • 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, Anytime Fitness, 154 McMahan Blvd.
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, Harding High School, 1500 Harding Highway East
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, January 24, Marion County Red Cross Building, 1849 Summerset Drive (training room)

Appointments for most drives may be arranged by calling, toll-free, 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).  As an alternative, you may book your own appointment for many drives online at  You may also ask the Marion County Office for assistance with setting appointments.  Call 740-725-9141, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Donors who are on time for appointments will be given priority at all drives.  Walk-ins and donors with appointments who arrive other than at their scheduled times will be welcomed whenever openings in the schedule permit.

The American Red Cross is a charitable organization, led and supported by volunteers.  In addition to collecting, processing and distributing lifesaving blood and blood products, it offers educational programs that promote health and safety.  The Red Cross also relays emergency communications between deployed members of the U. S. armed forces and their families and provides related services.  Across the country, the organization assists victims of disaster with emergency food, clothing, shelter and other needs.  When called upon, it also takes part in international relief and development operations.  Plus, with support-provided in part by United Way of Marion County-Marion County’s Red Cross Office engages in local disaster planning, prevention and response.

Every two seconds someone in America needs blood.  Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims, heart surgery, organ transplants, women suffering from complications of childbirth, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, sickle cell disease, cancer and other serious conditions.

The Central Ohio Region of the Red Cross encompasses 27 counties – including Marion County – and assists patients at 41 area hospitals.  The region needs approximately 650 donors daily to maintain the supply.

Under normal circumstances, a donor can give one unit of whole blood every 56 days (8 weeks) or double red cells every 112 days (16 weeks).

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Ohio), who weigh at least 110 pounds, and who are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Donors under age 19 may have to meet additional weight requirements, depending on gender and height.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

If you have any questions about your eligibility to give blood (such as medications you may be taking, your health history, or the height and weight requirements for donors under 19), please call the American Red Cross Donor Suitability unit, toll-free, at 866-426-0922.

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