Red Cross, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mayville Partner to Help Save Lives
Lansing, MI—December 12, 2012—The American Red Cross and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mayville are joining forces for a very special holiday blood drive on Monday, December 17th.
The Mayville Community Blood Drive will be held from 1PM – 6:45PM at St. Joseph Catholic Church (315 W. Ohmer Rd.) and is sponsored by the St. Joseph Men’s Club. Everyone who comes out to donate will have a chance to win items donated by J.J. Jamokes, Gus’s Party Store, Mayville Automotive, Broken Teapot Café’, Lizzy’s American Diner and the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Mayville.
“We are very happy to have the support of so many local businesses,” said Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative with the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “I would like to extend our appreciation and thanks for their giving spirit during the holiday season.”
Winter months, and the holidays in particular, are a difficult time for blood collections. Winter weather conditions and holiday activities typically lead to low donor turnout. Every day of every season, hospital patients need blood for the treatment of serious diseases, lifesaving surgeries, or for emergency care related to accidents or trauma.
“The need for blood is constant,” said Remer. “When you give blood, you’re giving someone hope. It’s hard to think of a more perfect gift.”
Community responsibility is based on the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor. The American Red Cross asks healthy people to give blood regularly to help meet the need for blood donations through the year. It is the blood that is already on the shelves that helps save lives before and during seasonal and special times of need.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The Great Lakes Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross 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.