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BRIGGS Subaru of Topeka holds first Save a Life event

Central Plains Blood Services Region

May 22, 2014
 

Topeka residents have an opportunity to help save a life by giving blood and to consider adopting a pet from the Helping Hands Humane Society.

“Many thanks to BRIGGS SUBARU of TOPEKA for helping us kick off our summer campaign with this blood drive,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Central Plains Region. “Making a blood donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”

BRIGGS SUBARU of TOPEKA Save a Life Blood Drive

May 23 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Briggs Subaru, 3115 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka

Employees of Briggs Subaru will be serving grilled hot dogs to all who present to donate.

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Memorial Day. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

The campaign reminds blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve. Blood collected at the Briggs Subaru community blood drive may be used for trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

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.

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