Red Cross seeking blood donations in September

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The Red Cross is seeking blood donors with all blood types this month.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets this month will receive a free haircut coupon via email, courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, at participating Sport Clips locations, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area include The Fields Church, 2265 Camino Vida Roble in Carlsbad Sept. 25, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive in Encinitas, Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Scripps Memorial Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas, Sept. 26, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; and Oceanside Masonic Center, 511 Eucalyptus in Oceanside Sept. 22, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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.

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