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Red Cross blood donors get special thanks from pork farmers

Central Plains Blood Services Region

June 13, 2014

American Red Cross blood donors give hope and Kansas Pork Association (KPA) farmers give thanks – it’s all about a partnership between the two organizations which has helped collect enough blood to help more than 9,000 patients since 2012.

Donors participating in the upcoming Community Blood Drives will receive special thanks from Kansas pork farmers during the KPA’s 2014 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to the Red Cross and other organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas. KPA’s goal is to collect 708 pints of blood. Because each pint could help save up to three lives, up to 2,124 patients could benefit.

Blood donors will be greeted by Kansas pork farmers serving free pulled pork sandwiches and giving away pig-shaped stress relievers. A free raffle will also be held for two grocery gift cards valued at $25 each, courtesy of the KPA.

            There are 1,000 pork farmers in Kansas. In 2013, they produced more than 500 million pounds of pork, while providing more than $574 million in income to Kansas communities. Learn more about Kansas Pork Farmers at


June 26 from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main, Newton

June 27 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main, Newton


July 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 902 5th St., Clay Center


 Aug. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 700 N. Jefferson, Junction City

Aug. 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 700 N. Jefferson, Junction City


Oct. 15 from noon- 6:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 101 Armory Road, Smith Center


Oct. 23 from 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Civic Center, Penn & Locust, Independence


Nov. 18 from noon - 6:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1200 N. State St., Norton


Nov. 7 from noon - 6:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2448 Edgemont, Arkansas City


Dec. 23 from noon - 6:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 638 W. D. Ave. Kingman

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 permission 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.