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Give blood or platelets with Red Cross ahead of hectic holiday weeks - 12/07/22

$10 Amazon.com Gift Card or T-shirt for donors this month

 

Portland, Ore (December 7, 2022) — As more people make travel plans to celebrate with family and friends this year, the American Red Cross asks donors to set aside a time to give blood or platelets for patients waiting for care over the holidays.

 

Throughout the season, several factors can disrupt the ability of the Red Cross to collect enough blood for patients across the country. 

 

  • Travel: According to a recent study, nearly half of Americans plan to travel over the holidays this year, which may negatively impact the blood supply if fewer people come out to donate. 
  • Seasonal illness: The U.S. is seeing a rise in respiratory illnesses like the flu and RSV, which can decrease the availability of healthy donors. 
  • Weather: Parts of the country have already seen storms bring several feet of snow this year. Winter weather often leads to hazardous road conditions, canceling blood drives and making it dangerous for donors to venture out to give. 

 

It’s important for donors − especially type O blood donors and platelet donors − to give now to ensure hospitals have the blood they need through the end of the year. Schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

As a thank-you, all who come to give blood through Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon.* Those who come to give Dec. 16-Jan. 2 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 7-31

 

December 8

Grant Park Village, 1580 NE 32nd Ave., Portland, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Summit View High School, 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie, WA, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Red Robin Medford, 499 Medford Center, Medford, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

December 10

Milwaukie Community Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Salem Holiday Market State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St NE, Salem, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

December 19

Hollywood Library, 4040 NE Tillamook St, Portland, OR, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Superior Athletic Club, 727 Cardley Ave., Medford, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Calvary Chapel Bend, 20225 Cooley Rd., Bend, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

December 20

Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 550 N Danebo Ave., Eugene, OR, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

December 30

Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2450 NE 27th St., Bend, OR, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Visit RedCrossBlood.org and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you. 

*Click here for b-roll of people giving blood.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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.

 

*Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood drives and donation sites.

 

Amplify your impact − volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 

 

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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*Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/together.

Red Cross response in 2022: Donations help most vulnerable facing climate disasters, global emergencies, and blood crisis - 11/21/22

This holiday season, donate financially or give blood to help those facing future crises

 

PORTLAND, ORE (November 21, 2022) — 2022 has been a year of crisis for families in Oregon, SW Washington and around the world — from extreme climate disasters to the conflict in Ukraine to the first-ever national American Red Cross blood crisis.

 

“Whether a crisis is felt by an entire community or a single person, it turns lives upside down — especially for the most vulnerable,” Priscilla Fuentes, CEO, Red Cross Cascades Region, said. “This holiday season, join us to provide help and hope for people in need during future emergencies by making a financial donation or by giving blood or platelets.”

 

On Giving Tuesday and during the holidays, visit redcross.org to make a financial donation or an appointment to give blood or platelets for patients in the U.S. Individuals can also register for volunteer opportunities in their area.

 

RESPONDING TO DISASTERS OF ALL SIZES This year’s extreme disasters in the U.S. are clear examples of the increasing frequency and intensity of the climate crisis. So far in 2022, 15 billion-dollar disasters have upended lives across the country — more than twice the number of billion-dollar disasters that struck annually two decades ago.

 

For these and tens of thousands of other disasters in the Cascades Region and across the country, Red Cross volunteers have worked 24/7 to provide shelter, food and care — including sending nearly 100 volunteers and staff to Florida after Hurricane Ian.

 

In Oregon and Southwest Washington, Red Cross volunteers have also provided relief and comfort after home fires and other local disasters to help ensure no one faces a crisis of any size alone. Our local volunteers have responded to 10% more home fires year over year.

 

HELPING FAMILIES DISPLACED BY THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE Internationally, the conflict in Ukraine has forced millions of people to flee for their lives. With such vast needs and no end in sight, the global Red Cross network’s response on the ground spans more than a dozen neighboring countries to deliver food, shelter, medical care, emotional support and other critical aid for displaced families.

 

The American Red Cross has contributed more than $63 million — plus dozens of international crisis responders — to the global Red Cross network response. Overall, this year, as part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross provided humanitarian aid in more than 108 countries. Here in the Cascades Region, Red Cross international efforts included Youth Action Clubs and activities focusing on International Humanitarian Law with over 450 participants, International Humanitarian Law classes, panels, and discussions with over 100 participants, and working to restore contact for over 5 families separated by war, or natural disaster.

 

PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR PERSONAL EMERGENCIES In the Cascades Region, Red Cross workers have helped people through personal emergencies too, in fact, our volunteers have responded to 10% more home fires year over year.

 

OVERCOMING THE FIRST-EVER RED CROSS BLOOD CRISIS In January 2022, the Red Cross experienced its worst national blood shortage in over a decade due to ongoing collection challenges and varied hospital demand during the pandemic. Patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions relied on an outpouring of support from hundreds of thousands of generous blood donors to overcome the crisis.

 

Beyond national headlines, the need for blood is constant. One in 7 patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion. As seasonal illness and the threat of winter weather ramp up this holiday season, make a donation appointment and be a lifeline for car accident victims, parents with complicated childbirths, individuals battling cancer and people with sickle cell disease. 

 

More than 21,200 blood donation appointments are available in the Cascades Region through the end of 2022.  Book a time to give at RedCrossBlood.org. As a thank-you, all those that come to give Nov. 23-27 will get an exclusive Red Cross beanie, while supplies last. Thanks to our partners at Amazon, all donors who come to give blood Nov. 28-Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Gift card by email.* 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 21-Dec. 15 

 

November 23

Zion Lutheran Church, 301 S River St., Newberg, OR, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 2210 SW Dolph Court, Portland, OR, 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Newberg Zion Lutheran Church, 301 South River Street, Newberg, OR, 9:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

 

November 25

East Side Athletic Club, 9100 SE Sunnyside Road Clackamas, OR, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

 

November 26

St Helens Recreation Center, 1810 Old Portland Rd, St Helens, OR, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

November 28

Happy Valley Community, 10601 SE 129th Avenue, Happy Valley, OR, 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Canby Ohana Christian Church,  2180 NE Territorial Rd, Canby, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

November 30

Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Happy Valley, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Charbonneau County Club, 32000 SW Charbonneau Dr, Wilsonville, OR, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

United Methodist Church Tigard, 9845 SW Walnut Pl, Tigard, OR, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

December 7

Linfield University, Riley Campus Center, 2 Campus Dr., McMinnville, OR, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

City of Newberg Public Safety Building, 401 E 3rd St Newberg, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Visit RedCrossBlood.org and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you. 

*Click here for b-roll of people giving blood.

 

*Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood drives and donation sites.

 

Visithttps://rdcrss.org/3gYR6UA for more information about how Red Cross Cascades Region helped people in Oregon and Southwest Washington in 2022.

 

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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*Terms apply. Visit rcblood.org/together.

Red Cross Recognizes Service After Service - 11/11/22

This Veterans Day the Red Cross is honoring veterans who make a difference in their local communities. 

 

PORTLAND, ORE (November 11, 2022) — This Veterans Day, November 11, 2022, the American Red Cross is recognizing veterans who continue their service in local communities across the country. 

As disasters roil communities across the country, veterans are donning the Red Cross vest and lending a hand to those in need in their local communities. At military bases and in local neighborhoods, veterans are rolling up their sleeves to donate blood and help give the critical gift of life. Whether teaching lifesaving skills or giving back to their own by volunteering to assist fellow veterans, they are making an impact through the teamwork and dedication that served them well during military service. 

According to the census, there are more than 18 million U.S. military veterans around the world. When it’s time to put the uniform away, some veterans encounter difficulty with the process. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 1/3 of all veterans report that they struggle with depression after military service. From difficulty navigating the culture of civilian life to finding a shared sense of purpose, 27% of veterans report difficulty integrating into the civilian workforce post service according to the Pew Research CenterSyracuse University’s Institute for Veterans & Military Families (IVMF) reports that prior military service and civic participation are linked. IVMF concludes that military service helps overcome barriers to volunteering and provides positive outcomes for veterans.

At the Red Cross, many of these veterans say they are finding connection and purpose through service to others. 

As an Army Medic, I wore an armband with the internationally recognized Red Cross emblem often, so the Red Cross is very much a part of my life. Medics are also very much about helping others, so volunteering with the Red Cross is an almost natural extension of that as well,” says Tom Murotake, Volunteer, Red Cross Cascades Region, retired U.S. Army. “My grandfather was also a Red Cross volunteer - while I was too young to understand what he did, I did know it was important.

Veterans are joining the American Red Cross to help others. When Hurricane Ian caused devastation across Florida veterans from across the country were among the first to be among our recovery and response efforts. Veterans are critical members of our community, and we appreciate and value their service after service.

 

THE HEART OF OUR WORKFORCE 

Many Red Cross volunteers are veterans who continue to support their communities after their active-duty service ends. From the front lines of disaster recovery to service in Veterans Administration (VA) and military hospitals across the nation and around the world, their impact is integral to the Red Cross.

Over 20,000 Red Cross volunteers are veterans — making up 14% of our workforce. Veterans hold many positions at the Red Cross from nurses to logisticians, emergency management experts, project managers and preparedness experts, as well as a number of veterans in leadership roles at local Red Cross chapters across the country. 

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Volunteer to help veterans or to work alongside them to make our communities stronger. To learn more about how you can give back in your community this Veterans Day, visit redcross.org/volunteer

We are looking for new items to be donated for 500 care packages that will be sent to soldiers overseas this holiday season. Items to donate include: hats, Fox River or other wool boot socks, New Year’s Eve decorations (party hats, noise makers), powered Pedialyte, mini string lights, batteries, packaging, stockings, razors, and more! Items should be dropped off no later than Monday November 14 at Red Cross offices in Portland, Vancouver, Bend, Salem, Eugene, Medford, or Roseburg.

 

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.

 

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