Heart of America
Media contact: Theresa Kuhlmann (309) 636-4284
PEORIA, Ill. (June 30, 2010) – The American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region and White Sox Volunteer Corps are continuing their partnership in 2010. Together, they are hosting the “Chicago White Sox and American Red Cross Blood Drive” at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago. White Sox Volunteer Corps, a community-focused volunteer group dedicated to community service, is working to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients in need during the summer months when blood and platelet donations can drop.
All presenting donors at the “White Sox and American Red Cross Blood Drive” will be eligible to win two tickets to a White Sox home baseball game, and a chance to throw the first pitch during Red Cross Blood Services Day on September 15 at U.S. Cellular Field.
“Over the summer, many of our regular donors take vacations or are busy with other summer activities,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “However, the need for blood remains constant, making this a great time for people who have never donated before, or who haven’t donated recently, to give it a try.”
All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors with type O negative blood and other Rh negative blood types are especially encouraged to schedule appointments to help boost the supply around the holiday weekend. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.
The Red Cross recognizes the time and lifesaving gifts made by blood donors. All presenting donors can also accrue Red Cross Racing points by registering at redcrossracing.com. Plus, donors who register on that website will also be entered into a national Red Cross sweepstakes with one lucky winner receiving a 2011 Ford Fiesta!
Be a part of this lifesaving tradition. Make your appointment to donate today and help boost the summer blood supply.
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Monday, July 19
from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Children’s Memorial Plaza
American Red Cross Bus
2300 Children’s Plaza
Chicago, Ill. 60614
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.
About the White Sox Volunteer Corps
The White Sox Volunteer Corps was created in January 2009 in response to President Barack Obama's Inauguration Day national call to service - and since that day more than 3,200 White Sox fans and community-focused individuals have enthusiastically answered the call to better their communities through community service.