Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross
Monday, 18 August 2014 08:57
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the U.S. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.
Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply. This is particularly important for patients like those with sickle cell disease who may require regular blood transfusions.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Sept. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 400 W. 5th St. in Valentine
Sept. 3 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Municipal Building, 314 S. 10th in Broken Bow
Sept. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Community Center, 305 Main St. in Sargent
Sept. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at American Legion, 103 N. Norvell in Chambers
Sept. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 410 W. Douglas St. in ONeill
Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loup City Community Center, 723 N. 8th in Loup City
Sept. 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at Thomas County Fairgrounds, 83861 Highway 83 in Thedford
Sept. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Wheeler County 4-H Building, Third St. in Bartlett
How to donate blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.
NPPD Warns of Phone Scams
Friday, 15 August 2014 11:37
Columbus, Neb. –There have been an increased number of phone scam incidents reported this week to the Nebraska Public Power District by NPPD customers. Incidents in Kearney and O’Neill have prompted NPPD to advise all customers, statewide, to be wary of suspicious calls.
Customers have reported receiving scam calls from individuals stating that they are with ‘the electric utility’ and they are collecting for a past due amount on an electric bill. They state the bill must be paid immediately or the power will be shut off. Sometimes the scammer’s caller-identification is falsified so it appears to originate from the utility company, a practice known as ‘spoofing’.
In the case of a Kearney customer, the caller advised to go to a local store, purchase a “green dot” or pre-paid card, then contact the caller with the card information.
In O’Neill, NPPD customers have been told there would be a ‘meter upgrade’ or a power outage, situations that sound like utility business, but when questions are asked, the caller hangs up or puts the customer on hold.
To help customers be wary of such scams, NPPD offers the following tips and suggestions:
· NPPD, as a business practice, does not call to ask customers for a credit card number.
· NPPD does not demand payment with a pre-paid card.
· Any customer receiving such a call should not attempt to make payment over the phone.
· Write down the call back number or consider asking where the caller is located.
· Contact law enforcement.
· Let NPPD’s Centralized Customer Care Center at 1-877-ASK-NPPD (877-275-6773) know about the call.
· If served electrically by a rural public power district or municipality, customers should contact that organization before providing any type of payment.
“Unfortunately, these scams take place every year throughout the country,” said Vice President of Customer Services Ken Curry. “Anyone who receives such a call should not let their guard down. Instead, know that NPPD offers a variety of payment plans to help customers who may have challenges paying their bills, and inform local law enforcement of the incident.”