Fourth Annual Winter Blood Drive with KARE 11
Celebrate National Blood Donor Month with the American Red Cross and KARE 11 by giving blood on Friday, January 7, 2011 at KARE’s studios from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
KARE 11/American Red Cross Blood Drive
Brought to you by Securian Financial Group, Inc.
Friday, January 7, 2011 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
8811 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley
After donating, donors will be eligble for a brief tour of KARE 11!
Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also schedule a donation appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.
“Every year in the United States, nearly five million patients need blood transfusions,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region . “Because of dedicated, volunteer blood donors, the American Red Cross can help meet those needs.”
The blood supply is particularly vulnerable during the winter months due to inclement weather, seasonal illness and busy holiday schedules. Make an appointment today to give blood and help ensure a stable blood supply.
Approximately every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Blood is needed every day for patients with blood disorders, those being treated for burns or undergoing chemotherapy, and premature babies, just to name a few. The need is constant.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, especially type O negative – the universal blood type. 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), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general 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.
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is also 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.