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East Peoria High School Students to Host the 6th Annual Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive

Heart of America

June 4, 2012
 

PEORIA, Ill. (June 4, 2012) – Students play an important role in ensuring a stable blood supply for patients in need. Up to 20 percent of blood donations made through the American Red Cross are at high school and college blood drives. But when school is out for the summer and students are busy with fun summer activities, they leave little time in the season to donate. When this occurs, blood donations by 16- to 24-year-old donors drops dramatically by as much as 57 percent.  

To help combat the summer dip in lifesaving blood donations, the American Red Cross and 105.7 The X are partnering with the students of East Peoria Community High School to host the 6th Annual Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive on June 12 at the Peoria Riverplex from1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Since 2007, the annual Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive has collected 643 pints of blood.

“The 6th Annual Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive serves as a vital opportunity to help ensure that blood is available for every patient, no matter where and when it is needed,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The students of East Peoria Community High School understand that the summer months pose a challenge to the nation’s blood supply and want to kick-off their summer right by making a difference in the community.”

6th Annual Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive

Tuesday, June 12

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Peoria Riverplex

600 NE Water St., Peoria

You don’t have to be a student to help save lives on June 12. The students of East Peoria Community High School invite all area residents to donate. All presenting donors will be entered to win prize baskets raffled off every hour along with the chance to win one of two Maui Jim grand prize packs! The grand prize packs include Maui Jim sunglasses, a t-shirt and a baseball hat.

Delicious food will be served to all presenting donors throughout the blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

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 permission 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 more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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