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Salina radio stations to help with blood collections and battle for votes at the Pump UP the Volume Blood Drive

Central Plains Blood Services Region

June 13, 2014

Eagle Communications, Rocking M Radio and Salina Media Group will compete to see which station’s employees and fans can donate the most blood at the annual American Red Cross Pump Up the Volume Blood Drive. When listeners donate blood during the drives scheduled for June 23 – 25, they can request that their donation count toward a particular radio station’s tally. The winning station receives bragging rights and a traveling trophy to display for a year.

“This will be the 19th year we’ve done Pump Up the Volume and this drive has been a great way for our stations to show support for the Red Cross,” said Ken Jennison, Salina Media Group Public Service Director. “The event gives us the ability to be competitive and yet help out our community’s blood supply. At Salina Media, we always like the challenge of trying to win.”

 While winning is fun, all of the stations hope people remember the real reason for the competition.  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.

”Summer is such a difficult time for blood collection with schools out of session and people on vacation. We are so indebted to everyone who helps promote and donates at this event,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “It really does take a village to make sure that the community’s blood supply stays stable this time of year.”

Pump UP the Volume Blood Drive

June 23-24 from noon-7p.m. at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, corner of Roach and Beloit, Salina

June 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, corner of Roach and Beloit, Salina

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. 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.

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.