Give one last gift in 2013 by donating blood in Cedar Falls
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (Dec. 19, 2013) — In the final days of 2013, the American Red Cross is asking Black Hawk County residents to give something that means something. Give hope to patients in need by donating blood Dec. 30 at the ninth annual Cedar Valley Holiday Blood Drive at the University of Northern Iowa Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
Cedar Valley Holiday Blood Drive
Dec. 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
University of Northern Iowa Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
8201 Dakota St. in Cedar Falls, Iowa
“Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for those in need,” said Greg Novinska, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful. Please add making a blood donation to your holiday to-do list.”
A blood donation is a gift that doesn’t cost a thing but can provide hope to hospital patients in need. Every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers in Iowa and across the country. The need for blood remains constant during the holidays, however, busier schedules, travel and other seasonal activities often leave little time to donate. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply heading into 2014, and those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive and negative are especially encouraged to give.
All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. There will be doughnuts from Hy-Vee, bagels from Panera Bread, sandwiches from Jimmy John’s and salad and breadsticks from Olive Garden, as well as balloon art by Mr. Nick’s Family Entertainment. Prizes include a one-night stay at the Isle Casino Hotel in Waterloo, a 10-week session to Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, four oil changes at John Deery Motors, tickets to a Northern Iowa men’s basketball game, a $10 gift certificate to Carlos O’Kelly’s and a pie from Village Inn.
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.