MADISON, Wis. – Tis the season when everyone‘s searching for the perfect gift that doesn’t break the bank. The perfect gift 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.
“If just 10 percent of Americans give blood this holiday season, countless lives could be saved,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “By donating blood, you can give patients in your area and across the country more time to spend with their loved ones.”
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 Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region between 12/1/2010 and 12/31/2010 (excluding 12/25/2010).
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. By taking time to donate this winter, you can help the Red Cross ensure a stable blood supply for all patients who need blood products.
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.