Blood drive May 20 in Janesville in memory of charitable couple
JANESVILLE, Wis. (April 23, 2014) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive May 20 at the UAW Local 95 in Janesville in memory of Delores and Ronnie Thomas, active members of the Janesville community who contributed to multiple causes, including the UAW Local 95. Delores died in 2012, and Ronnie passed away in January. They were married for 45 years.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative. Type AB blood, which contains the universal plasma type, is also needed – a type possessed by a mere 4 percent of the U.S. population. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. And red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they have to be constantly replenished.
To make a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
WHAT: Delores and Ronnie Thomas Memorial Blood Drive
WHEN: May 20 from 2-6 p.m.
WHERE: UAW Local 95, Union Hall
1795 Lafayette St.
Janesville, WI 53546
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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.