Celebrate Thanksgiving by giving blood Nov. 29 in Dubuque
DUBUQUE, Iowa (Nov. 5, 2013) – The American Red Cross, KGRR 97.3 FM The Rock and American Trust & Savings Bank invite community members to give the gift of life Nov. 29 at the 27th annual Dubuque Holiday Blood Drive. And in the spirit of the season, the Red Cross is thanking all presenting donors with a holiday pie and a red, commemorative Red Cross T-shirt.
While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t, especially around the holidays. Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge, as many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of hospital patients in Iowa and across the country. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.
Dubuque Holiday Blood Drive
Nov. 29 from 6:30 a.m. to Noon
American Red Cross Dubuque Blood Donation Center: 2400 Asbury Road in Dubuque, Iowa
Sponsored by KGRR 97.3 FM The Rock and American Trust & Savings Bank
All presenting donors will receive a pie, while supplies last. There will also be a variety of refreshments for presenting donors, including bagels from Big Apple Bagels; cinnamon rolls from Donut-Boy; salad and breadsticks from Olive Garden; pies from Perkins Restaurant & Bakery; and sandwiches from Subway.
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.