Looking for a way to give back to the community but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer? The American Red Cross reminds people that in only about an hour, those eligible can help save lives by donating blood and feel instant gratification.
During January, which is National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage. 
Severe winter weather has had an impact on donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December. 
“Even temporary disruptions to blood and platelet donations can diminish the availability for hospital patients,” said Clifford Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “It’s the blood on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency, and that’s why we’re asking eligible individuals to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today.”  
While serving local hospitals is the first priority, the Red Cross can move blood products to where they’re needed most. This allows generous donors throughout the country to contribute to the national blood supply and potentially help patients locally and in storm-affected areas.
Cozad Community Blood Drive
Tuesday, January 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Catholic Church Parish Hall, 613 West 13th Street. To make an appointment, please call or text Amanda at 308-660-6709.
Donors are encouraged to use our new online health history service ‘Rapid Pass’. It allows donors to complete their health history questions in the privacy of their home or office the day of the blood drive, saving them about 15 minutes of time at the blood drive. It is accessible at www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
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, 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.