Spring Into Action: Give Blood With the Red Cross

The American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood doesn’t take a break.
Blood and platelets remain at risk of running low this month, according to the organization, which said donors are crucial to helping the Red Cross avoid a blood shortage leading into spring.
Donors of all blood types, especially type O donors and platelet donors, are encouraged to make and keep appointments to donate. Participants can book a time slot by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1 (800) RED CROSS.
When donors lend an arm this month, the Red Cross will lend a hand in return. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma during the month of March will receive a $10 Visa prepaid card by email. Additionally, donors will also automatically be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa prepaid card. Only five will be selected for the prize.
Locations hosting donations (at varied times) include:
• Burbank Blood Donation Center, 317 N. Pass Ave. — March 17-20, 21-22, 24-27 and 31
• AMC City Walk, 125 E. Palm Ave. — March 21 and 26
• Burbank Elks Lodge #1497, 2232 N. Hollywood Way — March 28 and 30
• Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St. — March 31

First published in the March 18 print issue of the Burbank Leader.