Heart of America
Adams County Chapter Sixth Annual 12 Hours of Giving
The Perfect Gift Comes from the Heart
Help save a life this holiday season by donating blood at
Sixth annual 12 Hours of Giving blood drive
Tis the season when everyone‘s searching for the perfect gift that doesn’t break the bank and can be found without stepping foot into the mall, placing an order online or spending a dime. Give the gift of life this holiday season by donating blood or platelets through the American Red Cross at the Adams County Chapter’s sixth annual 12 Hours of Giving blood drive from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, December 20.
The Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Blessing Hospital have joined together to promote blood donation and give the gift of life to patients in need this holiday season. By making an appointment to donate blood at the 12 Hours of Giving, you help save lives.
The 12 Hours of Giving celebrates the gift of life. Recipients of blood products are not able to take a holiday from needing lifesaving blood. They are in constant need of a healthy blood supply. Making the time to give blood this holiday season can change a life, even your own.
As a special thank you, all presenting blood and platelet donors in December will be entered into a daily raffle to win a $100 VISA gift card to help with post-holiday bills! Winners will be contacted after the promotions period ends. The raffle is available to presenting donors and/or residents within the Heart of America Red Cross region between 12/1/2010 and 12/31/2010 (excluding 12/25/2010). All presenting donors at 12 Hours of Giving will also be entered into drawings for prizes. Hourly drawings will be held for generous restaurant gift certificates and American Red Cross items. All presenting donors will also receive a Red Cross t-shirt and a 2010 Red Cross wall calendar.
Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. featuring sausage, biscuits & gravy, baked goodies and Kirby’s famous cinnamon roles. A meal of turkey noodle soup and holiday trimmings, compliments of the Adams County Chapter, American Red Cross, will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m.
All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
It only takes about an hour to donate blood, and in that hour, you can give patients in need a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays.
This is a busy time of year for Santa, but he is taking a break from the bustle of his workshop to attend the 12 Hours of Giving. He will visit with donors and children throughout the drive. Daycare and children’s activities will be provided.
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. 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 permission 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.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.