Red Cross recommends increased iron intake before donating blood
Many people can donate blood, but even healthy donors are sometimes temporarily deferred due to low hemoglobin levels. The American Red Cross recommends eligible blood donors eat a well-balanced diet with extra iron-rich foods prior to their donation this fall.
During the fall, iron-rich produce such as broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots and chard are in season and therefore more abundant.
Food can have two types of iron, heme and nonheme. The body can absorb up to 30 percent of heme iron, primarily found in meat, but only 2 percent to 10 percent of nonheme iron. Foods high in vitamin C, such as leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits, help with iron absorption.
The Red Cross also recommends iron supplements for regular blood donors after consulting with their personal health care provider or pharmacist. Visit redcrossblood.org/iron to learn more.
Healthy blood donors help patients in need every day. Make an appointment to roll up a sleeve by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
Barton County—Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 110 W. Second St. in Ellinwood, Kan.; Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Barton County Community College, 245 N.E. 30th Road in Great Bend, Kan.
Finney County—Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Fleming in Garden City, Kan.; Oct. 29 from 2-7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 Fleming in Garden City, Kan.
Ford County—Oct. 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dodge City Community College, 2501 N. 14th St. in Dodge City, Kan.
Grant County—Oct. 31 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Grant County Fairground, 1000 W. Patterson Ave. in Ulysses, Kan.
Gray County—Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at American Legion Post 369, 202 Santa Fe in Copeland, Kan.; Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at American Legion Post 369, 202 Santa Fe in Copeland, Kan.
Haskell County—Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sublette High School, 501 S. Ellis in Sublette, Kan.
Kingman County—Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kingman Middle School, 607 N. Spruce St. in Kingman, Kan.
Lane County—Oct. 22 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at American Legion, 100 E. Plum in Dighton, Kan.
Meade County—Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fowler Senior Center, 310 Church in Fowler, Kan.
Morton CountyÂ—Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Rolla High School, 204 Van Buren in Rolla, Kan.
Ness County—Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Western Plains High School, 100 School St. in Ransom, Kan.
Pawnee County—Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Larned High School, 815 Corse in Larned, Kan.; Oct. 25 from 12 to 6 p.m. at Larned Community Center, 1500 Toles in Larned, Kan.
Rush County—Oct. 21 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Otis-Bison High School, Eagle Street in Otis, Kan.
Scott County—Oct. 30 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at William Carpenter Building, 606 N. Fairground Road in Scott City, Kan.
Seward County—Oct. 24 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kismet Community Building, 505 Main St. in Kismet, Kan.
Stevens County—Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 600 S. VanBuren in Hugoton, Kan.
Wichita County—Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wichita County High School, 800 W. Broadway in Leoti, Kan.
How to donate blood
Simply call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 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.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org.