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Help Save Lives This Summer at the 7th Annual Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive

Heart of America

May 14, 2012
 

QUINCY, Ill. (May 14, 2012) – As the summer months approach, individuals and families plan vacations and pack their schedules full of fun summer activities – leaving little time in their day to donate blood for patients in need. The decline in blood donations is even greater around summer holidays, like Memorial Day weekend, when donors often attend BBQs and parties. But while eligible blood donors sometimes go away, the need for blood remains constant.

To help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this Memorial Day weekend, the American Red Cross is partnering with Blessing Hospital to host the 7th Annual Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive on Thursday, May 24. This all-day event is a chance for donors to help save lives and make a difference in the Quincy community this summer. Since 2006, the summer Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive has collected 977 pints of lifesaving blood.

“The Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive is a vital opportunity to help ensure that patients have the blood they need this summer,” said Pam Shaffer, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving Adams, Brown and Pike Counties. “As members of the community choose how to spend their time this summer, we encourage them to make time to give the gift of life at the event and win some terrific prizes.”

Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive

Thursday, May 24

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

American Red Cross Serving Adams, Brown and Pike Counties

3000 N. 23rd St., Quincy

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross water bottle and be entered to win one door prize to be randomly selected every hour during the blood drive. Door prizes include $25 gift cards to various stores and restaurants including Wal-Mart, Sears, Ruby Tuesday and many others.

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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