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Saving lives is as easy as pie this Memorial Day weekend

Midwest

May 17, 2013
 

OMAHA, Neb. — Summer is a time for the days that never end. Time for diving in and grilling out. Time to watch the fireworks, to have a picnic and to root for the home team. While many have fun making these memories this Memorial Day weekend, hospital patients are counting on eligible donors to make time to give blood so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.

The American Red Cross and select Baker’s Supermarkets in Omaha and Bellevue, Neb. are encouraging blood donations this Memorial Day weekend by offering all presenting blood donors a gift card toward the purchase of pie during five special holiday weekend blood drives.

 

Baker’s Supermarket Memorial Day weekend blood donation opportunities:

May 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baker’s Supermarket, 3614 Twin Creek Dr., Bellevue
May 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baker’s Supermarket, 17370 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Omaha
May 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baker’s Supermarket, 13250 W. Maple Rd., Omaha
May 26 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Baker’s Supermarket, 12025 W. Center Rd., Omaha
May 26 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Baker’s Supermarket, 5555 N. 90th St., Omaha

 

Additionally, to encourage donations before and after the Memorial Day holiday, all presenting blood donors between May 23 and 31 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards to help create their own summer of stories. Learn more at redcrossblood.org/summer.

Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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