Red Cross holding holiday blood drive in Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Nov. 18, 2013) — During the holiday season, the American Red Cross is asking Linn County residents to give something that means something. Community members can give hope to patients in need by donating blood Dec. 16 at the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.
Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive
Dec. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Marriott
1200 Collins Road NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sponsored by KCRG-TV Channel 9
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 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 in Cedar Rapids.
“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.”
All presenting donors at the Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt and a coupon from Culver’s for a pint of custard, while supplies last. Olive Garden will provide salad and breadsticks, and after giving blood, donors can enjoy a slice of pie.
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.