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Bring your passion for helping to save lives to Riverfest Blood Drive

Central Plains Blood Services Region

May 23, 2014

Summer is  right around the corner; a time when blood and platelet donations often decline with schools out of session and regular donors on vacation. To help maintain the community’s blood supply, the American Red Cross and Wichita Festivals, Inc. encourage Wichitans to bring your passion, roll up your sleeves and donate blood at the annual Riverfest Blood Drive scheduled for May 31.

All presenting donors at the Riverfest Blood Drive will be entered to win a one-night stay at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. The stay includes a room with riverfront view for June 7 for the Wichita River Festival laser light show.

Riverfest is a 10-day event in June featuring musical entertainment, kids’ activities, festival food and cultural events.

Bring Your Passion Riverfest Blood Drive

May 31 from 9 3 p.m., Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main, Wichita

Blood donated at the Riverfest Blood Drive can help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.