Irving – During National Blood Donor Month and in response to the winter season’s low blood supply, Medical City Las Colinas is encouraging the community to donate blood.

Medical City Las Colinas is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The drive will take place at:

Medical City Las Colinas
Medical Office Building, Classroom 3
6800 N MacArthur Blvd
9:00am – 3:00pm

Community members may sign-up to donate online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Winter months are one of the most difficult times for blood banks to maintain an adequate blood supply. National Blood Donor Month encourages new and previous donors to give and recognizes the importance of the life-saving gift of blood.

“Blood products are crucial to many of our patients within the hospital,” says Jessica O’Neal, CEO of Medical City Las Colinas. “We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross to host annual blood drives to provide additional support to our patients and community members.”

Every blood type is needed, especially type O blood, as well as platelet donations. Donors can help as many as three different people with just one donation. Individuals who may rely on blood products include trauma victims, cancer patients, mothers giving birth and premature babies among others.

Potential donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. People who present to give blood should eat a nourishing meal before donating and must bring a photo ID. To protect Red Cross staff and donors' health and safety, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone their blood donation. Learn more about donor eligibility guidelines here.