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Give hope this summer by donating blood at the ninth annual 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive

Heart of America

May 13, 2014

QUINCY, Ill. (May 13, 2014) — When the summer season arrives, blood and platelet donations often decline as schools are out of session and families pack their schedules full of fun activities. But cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and more can’t take a summer holiday from needing a lifesaving blood transfusion.

To help ensure patients in the Quincy area and across the country have the blood products they need this summer, the American Red Cross is once again partnering with WGEM to host the ninth annual 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive on May 22. As a special thank you for making time to donate, all presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross lunch bag or water bottle, while supplies last, and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an hourly door prize.

“The 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive comes at a crucial time of year for patients in need,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Eligible donors are strongly encouraged to donate blood this summer and remember that lifesaving blood donations are constantly needed year-round.”

Ninth annual 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive

May 22 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Quincy Blood Donation Center, 3000 N. 23rd St., in Quincy

A light breakfast will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. A light meal begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m.

Donors of all blood types are needed on May 22, especially O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are also welcome.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.