WAYNE/PIKE - In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.

Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day for patients like Olivia.

Giving blood takes less time than it takes to watch a single basketball game. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Listed below are American Red Cross blood drives scheduled in Wayne and Pike counties through the end of March 2018:

3/29/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bethany Village, 150 Noble Lane
3/16/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Northern Wayne Fire Department, 1663 Crosstown Highway

Dingmans Ferry
3/24/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Legion Post No. 851, 107 Ball Park Road
3/22/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Greeley Fire Department, 245 Route 590
Hawley area
3/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., ProCare Physical Therapy, 2591 Route 6
3/22/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Belle Reve, 404 E. Harford St.
3/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Milford Bible Church, 110 Foxcroft Drive
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 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.