MARINETTE — The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations, especially around the holidays when donations decline due to busy schedules and travel plans. To donate blood persons can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 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 old 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 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, from a computer or mobile device. To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
Blood donation opportunities will be available in:
¦ Menominee County at Carney Evangelical Free Church, 52 Church St., Nov. 20 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
¦ Marinette County at Coleman Schools District Office, Hwy 141, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bay Area Medical Center, 3100 Shore Drive Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
¦ Pembine County at Beecher Town Hall, W7971 County Trunk Z, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
¦ Wausaukee County at Wausaukee High School, U.S. 141, Nov. 27 from 12:30 to  5:30 p.m.
People may also become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver blood products to local area hospitals. For more information or to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, persons may visit rdcrss.org/driver.