Dr. San Guinary blood drive to be held with the American Red Cross in April
OMAHA, Neb. – Best known for hosting late night “Creature Features,” Dr. San Guinary has taken on a new gig: blood drive host. The legendary mad scientist and his zombie friends hope to turn an upcoming Saturday morning blood drive with the American Red Cross into a bloody good time.
The good doctor, who is known for his gory shtick, recognizes that there is nothing funny about a shortage of blood. On April 16, Dr. San Guinary will be the first in line to roll up the sleeve on his blood splattered lab coat and give blood.
Though the original Dr. San Guinary, John Jones, passed in 1988, Chris Palmer has reincarnated the character with a live monthly show at Aksarben Cinema. Along with the dedicated staff of "Team San Guinary," they have dedicated themselves to supporting area causes, including the Red Cross. Through the blood drive, the new Doc hopes to honor the first San Guinary’s legacy of giving and ensure that blood is readily available for patients in need.
Dr. San Guinary’s Blood Drive:Saturday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crossroads Mall in the former Old Navy store, 7400 Dodge St. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code 595.)
During the blood drive, donors can get their pictures taken with Dr. San Guinary and other zombies, be made up in zombie makeup and tour Dr. San Guinary’s lab. Other special guests, including the Omaha Rollergirls and cheerleaders from the Omaha Nighthawks, and other entertainers will also be on hand to meet and greet donors.
How to Donate Blood
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
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.