Red Cross Blood Drive February 19

Linda Shannon-Hills

We need your help. The American Red Cross continues to be short on needed blood. If you can donate, we encourage you to register to donate.

The next drive at SaddleBrooke Ranch will be on Saturday, Feb. 19, starting at 7 a.m., with the last donation time starting at 1 p.m. The drive will be held at the Ranch House in the Sol Ballroom. Log in to donate at

If you cannot find a time to donate, send an email to Linda Shannon-Hills at [email protected], as the Red Cross will open more time slots if staffing is available.

The need for blood is great, and if you can step up to donate, you could be saving the lives of up to three people with your blood donation. Not everyone is able to donate, but if you can, please sign up to donate in December for this blood drive.

You can also download the Blood Donor app to your phone. It puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. You can register to donate, fill out the history questions before you attend by doing the RapidPass the day of donation, have your donor card on your phone for faster check-in, check on all your donations and your vitals, plus follow the path of your blood journey every step of the way to the patients receiving your blood.

Power Red—If you are willing to take a bit longer during donations, the Red Cross encourages those who qualify to sign up to donate Power Red. You ask, what is a Power Red donation? This type of donation safely allows you to donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. During your Power Red donation, blood is drawn from one arm through an automated process. The machine separates and collects two units of red cells and then safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you through the same arm. Donation frequency is 112 days, up to three times a year. Male donors must be at least 17 years old in most states, at least 5’1″ tall, and weigh at least 130 pounds. Female donors must be at least 19 years old, at least 5’5″ tall, and weigh at least 150 pounds.

Here is the 2022 schedule for Red Cross Blood Drives at SaddleBrooke Ranch: Saturdays, Feb. 19, April 23, July 16, Sept. 24, and Dec. 3.