‘Stalk Up the Blood Supply and Pig Out’ at Special Grand Island Blood Drive
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Agriculture is the lifeblood of Nebraska. The Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Pork Producers Association & Skeeter Barnes are giving back and helping to boost the blood supply by partnering with the American Red Cross to cosponsor a special Grand Island blood drive on Friday, August 31.
With a theme of “Stalk Up the Blood Supply and Pig Out,” Nebraska corn and pig farmers are encouraging others to join them in giving blood and are treating presenting donors to a complimentary pork barbeque meal courtesy of Skeeter Barnes. Additionally, those who come to the blood drive will receive a $25 gift card from Restaurants.com, will have a chance to win tickets to see Billy Currington at the Nebraska State Fair and will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a $50 ethanol gas card and a $50 pork coupon, which will be awarded on Sept. 5.
As the hot summer winds down and individuals and families look forward to the Labor Day holiday, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that patients can’t take a holiday from needing blood. Donors of all blood types are needed to "stalk up" the blood supply, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give. Anyone who gave blood at the start of the summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.
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 Nebraska), 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.