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Discover the true meaning of giving at the Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive

Midwest

December 11, 2013
 
BEATRICE, Neb. – The American Red Cross encourages Beatrice-area residents to give something that means something this holiday season – a potentially lifesaving blood donation.
 
The Red Cross invites the community to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and give hope to patients in need by giving blood at the 12-hour Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 19. All presenting donors will receive a free, long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, and be entered to win door prizes. Additionally, special refreshments will be served.
 
The blood drive, which is sponsored by KWBE radio, is important to ensuring patients have a sufficient blood supply available this holiday season. Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and travel plans. By giving blood at the Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive, donors can help ensure that patients have the blood products they need this winter.
 
 “By rolling up a sleeve and donating, donors are giving hospital patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with loved ones,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region.
 
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donors with O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood types are especially urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Rh negative blood types are always in high demand because they can be transfused to both Rh positive and Rh negative patients. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
 
Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive
Dec. 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express, 4005 N. Sixth St. in Beatrice, Neb.
To make an appointment or for more information, call Joann Niemeier at 402-228-0260 or visit redcrossblood.org (search sponsor code 009238). Walk-ins also welcome.
 
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 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 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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