Donate blood during Liver Awareness Month
The American Red Cross
LAKE COUNTY — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October.
According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.
Donors with all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.
Blood draws are scheduled in the following Lake County locations:
• Polson: Sept. 30: noon - 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Fourth Ave. E
• Ronan: Oct. 1, 1:30 - 5:15 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Franklin Street and Fourth Ave. E
• St. Ignatius: Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tribal Community Fitness Center, 332 Mountain View Drive
• Charlo: Oct. 8: 1 - 6 p.m., Charlo High School, 405 First Ave. W
• Pablo: Oct. 15, 10:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Salish Kootenai College in the Late Louie Caye Sr. Memorial Building
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information on liver disease and ways to help protect against liver disease is available at liverfoundation.org.