Spring into action: Give blood with the Red Cross

$10 Visa Prepaid Card + chance at $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card for donors in March

Vermont Business Magazine Spring is near! As the seasons change, the American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood doesn’t take a break. Blood and platelets remain at risk of running low this month. Donors are crucial to helping the Red Cross avoid a blood shortage in the weeks to come.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O donors and platelet donors, are encouraged to make and keep appointments to donate. Book a time to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

When donors lend an arm this month, the Red Cross will lend a hand. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma March 1-31, 2023,​​​​ will receive a $10 Visa® Prepaid Card by email. Plus, they'll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card – which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners. Details are available at rcblood.org/help.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 16-31

Addison

Bristol

3/23/2023: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., American Legion Bristol Post 19, 56 Airport Drive

Middlebury

3/23/2023: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court

3/29/2023: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Porter Hospital, 115 Porter Drive

Vergennes

3/21/2023: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cross Life Church, 1759 US RT 7

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Caledonia

Saint Johnsbury

3/29/2023: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saint Johnsbury Moose Lodge, 2388 Portland St (Rt 2 E)

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Chittenden

Colchester

3/28/2023: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Saint Michaels College Dion Student Center, Winooski Park

Essex

3/18/2023: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Essex Experience, 21 Essex Way, Unit #300

Jericho Center

3/17/2023: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mount Mansfield High School, 211 Browns Trace Road

Shelburne

3/21/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., St. Catherine of Siena, 72 Church St.

South Burlington

3/20/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington, 870 Williston Rd.

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Franklin

Saint Albans

3/22/2023: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Albans City Hall, 100 N. Main St.

3/27/2023: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 14th Star Brewing Company, 133 North Main Street

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Lamoille

Hyde Park

3/31/2023: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Green Mountain Tech and Career Center, 738 Vt Rte 15 W

Johnson

3/23/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Northern Vermont University, 337 College Hill

Stowe

3/17/2023: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St.

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Orange

Randolph Center

3/31/2023: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Vermont Technical College, 124 Admin Dr

Williamstown

3/30/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Williamstown High School, 120 Hebert Road

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Rutland

Poultney

3/25/2023: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., St Raphael Catholic Church, 21 East Main St.

Rutland

3/22/2023: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Elks Lodge #345, 44-46 Pleasant Street

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Washington

Barre

3/28/2023: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Barre Auditorium, 16 Auditorium Hill

Montpelier

3/24/2023: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St

Waterbury

3/25/2023: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waterbury Municipal Building, 28 North Main Street

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Windham

Bellows Falls

3/16/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School Street

Brattleboro

3/25/2023: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Winston Prouty Center - Thomas Hall, 209 Austine Drive

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Windsor

Chester

3/27/2023: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Congregational Church of Chester, 469 Main Street

South Royalton

3/30/2023: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., White River Valley School, 223 South Windsor Street

Stockbridge

3/18/2023: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Stockbridge Central School, 2933 Vt. Rte 107

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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.

Blood and platelet 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/VolunteerNNE.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 16, 2023 — American Red Cross Vermont