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Bloodstock: Pumping up the volume of blood donations

Midwest

August 2, 2013
 
OMAHA, Neb. – It’s a rock and roll-themed blood drive set to pump up the volume of blood donations. Omaha radio stations Z-92 and CD 105.9 and television station KMTV Action 3 News are out to help ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need this summer by hosting the third annual Bloodstock special event blood drive on Aug. 9, 2013.
 
Bloodstock 2013
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Cir., Omaha
 
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Harrah’s Casino, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs
 
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
 
With t-shirts and prize drawings for all presenting donors, live musical performances, concert footage and food – blood donors will be treated like the VIPs they truly are!
 
Event features:
- Commemorative Bloodstock T-shirt for all presenting donors
- Live music from tribute artist Billy McGuigan, members of the Blues-Ed Band and others
- Lunch provided by Runza
- Chance for all presenting donors to win tickets to Stir Concert Cove
 
Bloodstock comes at an important time for the Red Cross. While thousands of people responded to the recent emergency call for blood and platelet donations from the American Red Cross, there remains an urgent need for donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. Right now blood products are being distributed to area hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.
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 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.
 
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