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Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls hosts 'Rumble at the Reserve' blood drive Aug. 16

Published: August 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Western Reserve Hospital is partnering with the American Red Cross to host the annual "Rumble at the Reserve" blood drive Aug. 16 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Western Reserve Hospital, located at 1900 23rd St. in Cuyahoga Falls.

All who come to donate will receive a T-shirt and be entered into a drawing for a $250 and $500 Visa gift card. In addition, all who come to donate through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code by email. Giveaway items are available while supplies last. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. More information about the Amazon promotion can be found at redcrossblood.org/augustpromo.

This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for donors to give now to help address a significant blood shortage. At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products.

Every two seconds in the United States, blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

To schedule an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.

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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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 donors can now 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.

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