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Red Cross and Digital Wichita Host Fourth Bleedup - #Bleedup4

Central Plains Blood Services Region

September 19, 2011
 

Media Contact: Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428
E-Contact Info: kellerje@usa.redcross.org / http://twitter.com/redcrosskansas
Websites: www.redcrossblood.org and www.redcrossracing.com

Wichita, Kan. – Sept. 12, 2011 Yes, we’re doing it again, Bleedup4, sponsored by Digital Wichita is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 27, 2011, at the Wichita Blood Donor Center.

Never heard of a bleedup? It’s a tweetup combined with giving blood at the American Red Cross, creating a win-win situation. Participants get to meet Twitter friends in person and hospital patients across Kansas benefit from the life-saving blood donated at the event. The first bleedup in Kansas was held in February and as a result more than 20 people have become regular blood donors and a few have even started giving platelets.

Did we mention there will also be Keebler® cookies at Bleedup4? And, anyone who presents to donate from Sept. 17 thru Sept. 30, 2011 is entered to in a $100 gas card drawing. Please make an appointment via phone or online so we know how many people are coming.

Scared of needles or can’t give? No worries, we need volunteers too! If you have any questions, want to volunteer or have an idea for Digital Wichita’s next GoodWorks Project, contact Jennifer Keller on Twitter @JenniferLKeller, via email at kellerje@usa.redcross.org or text/call: 316-558-2428.

DATE:   Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011
TIME:   11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Wichita Blood Donor Center, American Red Cross, 707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan.

How to Donate Whole Blood: Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

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* Digital Wichita, an Affiliate of Social Media Breakfast, is a group of like-minded people who meet once a month to talk about social media, technology and other kind of geeky things. Learn more about us at www.digitalwichita.com.