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Resolve to give hope to patients in need at Fremont Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 30 and 31

Midwest

December 20, 2013
 
FREMONT, Neb. — The American Red Cross is hoping the Fremont community is still in the giving spirit on Dec. 30 and 31. The Red Cross is teaming up with Fremont Area Medical Center and KHUB radio to host the Fremont Holiday Blood Drive and is asking the community to give one last gift this holiday season – the gift of life.
 
The need for blood is constant and doesn’t take a holiday. Winter weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans often pack donors schedules, leaving little time to give. This can reduce blood supplies for patients in need, yet patients like those at Fremont Area Medical Center don’t get a holiday from needing blood.
 
“Donating blood around the holidays is extraordinarily important for patient care,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Blood Services Region. “A single blood donation, which takes just an hour of your time, is an opportunity to give patients in need hope for the new year.”
 
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at Fremont Area Medical Center and approximately 2,700 other hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies and those living with chronic blood diseases. Donated blood also helps patients like Fremont Area Medical Center employee Jolene Schnell.
 
Six months ago, Schnell got a new lease on life when she received a kidney transplant. Her surgery was successful not only because of the donated organ but also because of blood donations.
 
“My life was saved,” said Schnell, who works in the emergency department registering patients. “I wouldn’t be here at work if I hadn’t received blood or a donated kidney. I’m living proof that blood donations help immensely. When they say, ‘Give blood; save a life,’ it’s the truth.”
 
Fremont Holiday Blood Drive
Dec. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. at Fremont City Auditorium, 925 N. Broad St. in Fremont, Neb.
Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fremont City Auditorium, 925 N. Broad St. in Fremont, Neb.
 
Donors of all types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling Marilyn Hammang at 402-721-6354 or visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
 
As a special thank you, all those who present to donate blood from Dec. 24, 2013, through Jan. 3, 2014, will receive a commemorative, Red Cross long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last.
 
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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