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Donate lifesaving blood in memory of Greg Bunnell

Heart of America

June 3, 2014
 

COLCHESTER Ill. (June 3, 2014) – On June 14, area residents will have the opportunity to honor the life of Greg Bunnell by donating blood at an American Red Cross blood drive being held in his memory.

Bunnell was a devoted husband and father whose life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident on May 16, 2012. Bunnell was a registered organ donor and, because of his generosity, was able to help more than 100 people with his donation.

Now, Bunnell’s friends and family are remembering his life and giving spirit by encouraging eligible donors to give lifesaving blood to help hospital patients in need.

Donate Blood in Memory of Greg Bunnell

June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Spotlight, 102 E. Market St. in Colchester, Ill.

To schedule an appointment to donate, please contact Pam Bunnell at bunnellp@mtcnow.net or Grace Mabry at grace.mabry@redcross.org. Eligible donors may also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

The blood drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. 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 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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