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American Red Cross Partners with FOX43 for Memorial Day Weekend

Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region

May 29, 2014




News Release

Media contact:

Kristen Hatfield





American Red Cross Partners with FOX43 for Memorial Day Weekend

Red Cross cooling towels offered to presenting donors May 24-26


Norfolk, Va. (May 20, 2014)— The American Red Cross is partnering with FOX43 for the annual FOX43 Memorial Day Blood Drives, a local tradition for the holiday weekend.


Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Memorial Day, which is why all presenting blood and platelet donors from May 24 through May 26 will receive a commemorative Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last.


“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Page Gambill, CEO, American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region. “Making a blood donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”



Individuals can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online at to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.




Chesapeake Square, Greenbrier, Patrick Henry & Pembroke Malls

Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, May 25, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Monday, May 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.