Help Patients in Need at the Boost July Supply Blood Drive
DECATUR, Ill. (July 25, 2012) – To help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in the Decatur-area and across the country, the American Red Cross is hosting the Boost July Supply Blood Drive on July 28 at the Hickory Point Mall in Forsyth. All presenting donors will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of two Kindle Fires. Also, delicious food from Jimmy John’s will be served throughout the day.
The Boost July Supply Blood Drive comes during an important time for the Red Cross blood supply. Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.
“Blood donors of all blood types are critically needed as the summer continues,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The Boost July Supply Blood Drive serves as a vital opportunity to not only win a great prize and enjoy some great food, but will also help ensure blood and platelets are available for patients – no matter when or where they are needed.”
Boost July Supply Blood Drive
Saturday, July 28
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hickory Point Mall
Route 51 North, Forsyth
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.