Giving Blood Is Always In Season
Heart of America
PEORIA, Ill. (June 11, 2013) — The American Red Cross, in partnership with Nexcare Bandages and actress Soleil Moon Frye, announces the fifth annual Nexcare give program to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
This nationwide program will raise awareness about the importance of year-round blood donation and encourage people across the country to roll up a sleeve. Nexcare Brand will give away limited-edition bandages inspired by the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – each adorned with the word “give” to demonstrate that giving blood is always in season. The special bandages will be distributed at Red Cross donor centers and blood drives starting June 10, and continue through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
“Sometimes people get busy with summer activities and they forget to make giving blood a priority. That means the summer months can pose a challenge to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for those in need,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “We are excited to work with Nexcare Bandages and Soleil Moon Frye to remind people that the need for blood is constant, regardless of the season.”
From summer flip-flops and winter snowflakes to fall foliage and spring flowers, the Nexcare give bandages will give Red Cross blood donors a chance to show their dedication by ensuring a sufficient blood supply is available for patients year-round.
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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