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Celebrate the nation's birthday by helping save a life at annual Red, White and YOU Blood Drive

Central Plains Blood Services Region

June 13, 2014

Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with fireworks, parades and cookouts. The American Red Cross and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment encourage you to start a new family tradition this summer – giving blood. Donating blood during the annual Red, White & You Blood Drive, July 3-5 at the Sedgwick County Zoo will help the Red Cross ensure blood is available on hospital shelves throughout the summer.

This time of year, donations usually decrease because people are taking vacations and schools are out of session. This decline is even more noticeable around holidays like Independence Day. Yet patients like Wichita resident, Master Sergeant Troy Evans don’t take vacations from the need for blood.

Master Sergeant Evans is a member of the 184th Intelligence Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard. He has served in the military for 24 years, and after 9/11, he volunteered for deployment three times, serving in Kuwait in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2005 and 2007. Master Sergeant Evans was recently diagnosed with aplastic anemia and during chemotherapy he received both platelet and blood transfusions.

“My health, thanks to the Red Cross and the Cancer Center of Kansas, is stable,” said Evans. “I and millions of others are lucky to have the Red Cross by our side. If you are able, I urge you to come donate at the Red, White and YOU Blood Drive. A neighbor, friend or loved one may need your gift of life. I know I am so grateful to those that donated the blood and platelets I received.”

All those presenting to donate at the Red, White and YOU Blood Drive will receive a free pass to the zoo, discounted zoo admission of $5.25 for family members, a commemorative T-shirt, coupons for free food and can enter to win a $1,200 necklace, courtesy of Mike Seltzer Jewelry.

Red, White and YOU Blood Drive

July 3-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd., Wichita

Donors of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply this summer, especially O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Visit call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the Red, White & YOU Blood Drive and how to get involved.

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 Kansas), 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.