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North Platte Noon Rotary Club Bloodhounds are out for blood!

Midwest

April 1, 2014
 
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The North Platte Noon Rotary Club Bloodhounds are on the loose again! They are on the hunt for willing blood donors to help them reach their 140-pint goal during the 11th annual Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive on April 9.
 
During the past 10 years, the North Platte Noon Rotary Club has helped the American Red Cross boost the blood supply by collecting 1,600 pints. This year’s blood drive will be a single-day event and will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites.
 
11th annual Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive
April 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St., North Platte, Neb.
 
To encourage appointments, the Bloodhounds will give all who preschedule an appointment a commemorative T-shirt. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org. All who present to give without an appointment will receive a Red Cross drawstring bag.
 
Donors of all types are needed this spring, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative or A negative. Blood collected at the North Platte Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive may be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases.
 
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 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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