Make a lifesaving impact during National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month — a time to raise awareness about health
disparities that disproportionately affect racially and ethnically diverse populations. It’s also a time to
encourage action through access to care by inspiring people to give blood or platelets.
The American Red Cross is reminding blood and platelet donors it’s vital to make and keep donation
appointments this month to ensure shelves are fully stocked with blood products all season long. With
blood transfusions remaining one of the most critical treatments for patients − like those facing pregnancy
and childbirth complications, and those with chronic illnesses like sickle cell disease − donors can
connect patients to lifesaving care.
Having a diverse blood supply is one way to ensure all patients have ongoing access to
compatible blood transfusions. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor
App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
People coming together to care for one another is the humanitarian spirit shared by the Red Cross
community and PEANUTS ®. All who come to give by April 23 will get an exclusive Red Cross and
PEANUTS Snoopy T-shirt, while supplies last. Plus, through April 30, those who come to give will be
automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night trip for two to Sonoma County, California, courtesy of Peanuts Worldwide. Details are available at rcblood.org/cool.

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