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Discover the true meaning of giving at the 15th annual Give the Gift of Life Holiday Blood Drive

Heart of America

December 16, 2013
 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Dec. 16, 2013) – The American Red Cross encourages Bloomington-area residents to give something that means something this holiday season – a potentially lifesaving blood donation.

The Red Cross invites the community to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and give hope to patients in need by giving blood at the 15th annual Give the Gift of Life Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 27. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative, long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win great door prizes.

The blood drive, which is sponsored by B104 and the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors, is important to ensuring patients have a sufficient blood supply available this holiday season. Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and travel plans. By giving blood on Dec. 27, donors can help ensure that patients have the blood products they need this winter.

“By rolling up a sleeve and donating, donors are giving hospital patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with loved ones,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donors with O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood types are especially urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood.

15th annual Give the Gift of Life Holiday Blood Drive

Dec. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chateau Hotel & Conference Center 1601 Jumer Drive in Bloomington, Ill.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org (search sponsor code 0402062).

 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 some states), 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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