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American Red Cross Invites Donors to Share their Hearts with Blood Recipients

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

February 1, 2011
 

Citadel Broadcasting to host Valentine’s Day Drive to help restore available blood supplies reduced by severe winter weather.   

This time of year we remind those in our lives of how special they are to each of us.  On Valentine’s Day, we give flowers and candy, but how often do we give life.  There is no better way to show your selfless love and support your community than by donating blood for someone you may never meet.  Most donors feel a personal connection with those who will receive their blood and blood products.  The American Red Cross wants to help you save lives and honor your loved ones.     

 

Citadel Broadcasting Blood Drive

700 Wellington Hills Road

February 14th  10AM – 3PM

Refreshments-Rock and Roll T-shirts for presenting donors-Meet our team!

 

The need for blood is constant. Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days – they must be replenished constantly.   Please make a donation appointment to give at the Citadel Broadcasting Blood Drive by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.  Donations will help replenish the Red Cross blood supplies impacted by recent and ongoing winter storms, helping to ensure that blood products are readily available for patients with serious medical needs.

Blood and platelets can be used for trauma victims – those who suffered due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

All blood types are needed; especially type O negative and B negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with written parental consent), 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.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

 

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.

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