Donating Blood Is ‘Easy as Pie’ This Memorial Day
This Memorial Day, blood donors can volunteer to bring the pie to their holiday gatherings. The American Red Cross and Baker’s Supermarkets are celebrating Memorial Day and blood donors by offering all presenting blood donors vouchers for a free cherry pie during three special holiday weekend blood drives.
Memorial Day, which is often thought of as the kick off of the summer season, is also a time when blood donations typically begin to decline while many blood donors are vacationing or otherwise busy with summer activities.
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood – the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday or summer break. In about an hour, you can be a lifesaver this Memorial Day weekend by donating blood through the American Red Cross.
Baker’s Memorial Day weekend blood donation opportunities:
- Sunday, May 30th from 7:30 a.m. – noon, Baker’s Supermarket, 13250 West Maple in Omaha
- Sunday, May 30th from 7:30 a.m. – noon, Baker’s Supermarket, 3614 Twin Creek in Bellevue
- Sunday, May 30th from 7:30 a.m. – noon, Baker’s Supermarket, 17370 Lakeside Hills Plaza in Omaha
By donating early in the season, blood donors can donate two or more times during the summer months, helping ensure blood is available for patients in need.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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 or younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.