American Red Cross 100 Days of Summer Blood Drive in Fredericksburg, Va.
Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region
Media contact: Kristen Hatfield, 757-439-3064, @RedCrossMAR redcrossblood.org
American Red Cross 100 Days of Summer Blood Drive
Blood donors can help save lives and enjoy some extra giveaways
FREDERICKSBURG, Va., (Aug. 18, 2014) – The American Red Cross is celebrating the season with a special 100 Days of Summer Blood Drive. Summer is an especially challenging time of year for blood collection. Eligible donors are invited to donate blood at the 100 Days of Summer Blood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross Fredericksburg Blood Donation Center located at 4836 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
All presenting 100 Days of Summer blood donors will receive a Tires Plus Super Saver Card and a chance to win $500 toward a new set of tires. Plus, all donors will receive a special Red Cross themed giveaway, a free Dickey’s Barbecue Pits sandwich coupon along with hot dogs and drinks at the blood drive courtesy of ServPro. All giveaways are while supplies last.
Keeping the shelves stocked with blood for patients in need is important to members of the Fredericksburg community. “I’ve experienced the need firsthand. My brother needed 52 units of blood over the course of three surgeries that he had over a 10 month period,” said Tires Plus general manager, Gary Dillon. “So, donating blood hits close to home,”
The Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donations. Blood donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer to help patients such as accident victims, cancer patients and people suffering from blood disorders. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.
To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross especially needs donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.
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.