The American Red Cross encourages the community to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way for those who are short on time to make a life-changing difference.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed to help meet patient needs this spring.

Individuals who donate from April 9 to May 13 will be entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards to a national home improvement retailer, courtesy of Suburban Propane.

Restrictions apply. More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lets-Do-More.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities April 16-30:

Coshocton County

• April 16 — New Castle Church, 32421 U.S. 36, Walhonding, 2 to 8 p.m.

• April 25 — Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Road 10, Fresno, 3 to 8 p.m.

Guernsey County

• April 16 — Walmart Supercenter, Southgate Parkway, Cambridge, 12 to 6 p.m.

• April 17 — Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road, Antrim, 3 to 8 p.m.

• April 18 — Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road, Byesville, 12 to 6 p.m.

• April 25 — Zane State, 9900 Brick Church Road, Cambridge, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• April 30 — Mid-East Career & Technology Center, Buffalo Campus, 57090 Vocational Road, Senecaville, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• April 30 — Quaker City Community Building, 126 Fair Street, Quaker City, 1 to 7 p.m.

Muskingum County

• April 20 — Muskingum Recreation Center, 1425 Newark Road, Zanesville, 1 to 7 p.m.

• April 21 — Dresden UMC, 1014 Main Street, Dresden, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• April 23 — Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road, Zanesville, 1 to 7 p.m.

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals.