Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February.

Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping their blood donation appointments. Healthy and diverse blood donors are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Blood must be matched very closely for those patients with rare blood types or for those who need repeated transfusions. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.

All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

2/16/2015: 2- 7 p.m., Crane Eater Community Church, 3168 Red Bud Road Calhoun
2/16/2015: 1 – 6 p.m., Fairmount Community Center, 11921 Fairmount Highway East Fairmount
2/23/2015: 1 – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Calhoun, 205 East Line St. Calhoun
2/24/2015: 12 – 5:30 p.m., Cartersville Civic Center, 435 West Main St. Cartersville


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 (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.