This May, the American Red Cross is calling for donors to give blood regularly to be prepared to meet the needs of patients in emergency situations.

According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2 million hospital admissions each year.

In March 2015, Kevin Frame suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision during spring break. He received blood products to treat internal injuries immediately after the accident and during multiple surgeries while recovering.

“Without the blood and plasma products made available from donations, I would not be alive today to continue my rehabilitation journey,” said Frame, who had to relearn to swallow, speak and walk after the accident.

Regular blood, platelet and plasma donations help ensure that blood is available at a moment’s notice. In fact, it is the blood on the shelves that is used to help save lives at the time of an accident or sudden illness.

In trauma situations, when there’s no time to check a patient’s blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma because they can be transfused to any patient, regardless of blood type. Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood.

Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

All those who come to donate from April 9 to May 13, 2018, will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply. More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lets-Do-More.) 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 1-26

Cass County

Plattsmouth
5/2/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Plattsmouth High School, 1916 E Hiway 34
5/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nebraska Masonic Home, 1300 Ave D
5/21/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW Post 2543 Plattsmouth, 510 1st Avenue


Gage County

Beatrice
5/16/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., State Developmental Center, 3000 Lincoln St., Admin Bldg - 843 Wallman Dr.
5/18/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center, 4800 Hospital Parkway
5/18/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., YMCA Beatrice, 1801 Scott Street
5/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southeast Community College Student Center, 4771 West Scott Road

Wymore
5/16/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Building, 115 East E Street

Johnson County

Tecumseh
5/17/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Andrew Catholic Church, 561 Jackson

Lancaster County

Lincoln
5/1/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 8N Lofts, 811 N St.
5/3/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Foundation for Educational Services, 1300 O Street
5/11/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Latitude Apartments, 235 S. 11th St
5/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, 5220 O St
5/14/2018: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Capital City Chapter, 220 Oakcreek Dr.
5/14/2018: 2 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Good Life Fitness Lincoln-Southeast, 8601 Amberhill Ct
5/18/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Fallbrook Development, 570 Fallbrook Boulevard, Suite 203
5/19/2018: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hy-Vee N. 27th St., 5020 N 27th Street
5/19/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill, 6005 O St. Ste A
5/24/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Restore a Muscle Car, 11850 N 56th St
5/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Lincoln City Libraries:Gere, Charles H. Gere Library, 2400 S 56th St
5/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Lincoln City Libraries: Bennett, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S 14th St.
5/24/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Gateway Mall Lincoln, 6100 O Street


Nemaha County

Auburn
5/22/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., 4-H Building, 9th and J Street
5/23/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 4-H Building, 9th and J Street


Otoe County

Nebraska City
5/15/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Morton Place - Nebraska City, 1500 14th Avenue
5/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Eagle's Club, 600 1st Corso


Pawnee County

Pawnee City
5/17/2018: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Pawnee County Memorial Hospital, 600 I Street


Richardson County

Falls City
5/23/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Falls City Community Medical Center, 3307 Barada St.
5/24/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prichard Auditorium, 312 W 17th Street
5/25/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Prichard Auditorium, 312 W 17th Street

Seward County

Seward
5/18/2018: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Living Word Lutheran Church Seward, 1300 West Hillcrest Drive


How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.

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.