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Partner with Omaha and Sarpy County first responders by giving blood at Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives

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April 28, 2014
 
OMAHA, Neb. — The public depends on the generous service of first responders who dedicate their lives to helping others in times of emergency. But even the most courageous heroes need partners to help save lives.
 
This May, Sarpy County and Omaha first responders are asking the public to perform a heroic act of their own by giving blood at the Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives in Bellevue, La Vista, Omaha and Papillion.
 
“First responders know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Blood Services Region. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.”
 
Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives
May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Vista Community, 8116 Parkview Blvd., in La Vista.
May 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the Omaha Fire Department Union Hall, 6005 Grover St., in Omaha.
May 8 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Omaha Police Union Hall, 13445 Cryer Ave., in Omaha.
May 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sarpy County Courthouse, 1261 Golden Gate Drive, in Papillion.
May 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Bellevue Volunteer Firefighter Hall, 2108 Franklin St., in Bellevue.
 
A badge isn’t needed to be a hero. Donors of all types are needed this spring, especially those with O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative blood types. By giving blood at the Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives, the public can help ensure an adequate blood supply as summer approaches, a time when blood and platelet donations often decline.
 
Schedule an appointment to donate at the Protect, Serve and Save Blood Drives today. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code SAVE2014.
 
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 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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