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American Red Cross blood drive in Fulton to honor veterans

Missouri-Illinois

May 13, 2013
 

Public encouraged to show appreciation through blood donations

 

FULTON, Mo. (May 13, 2013) –The American Red Cross is partnering with Bristol Manor and Ashbury Heights in inviting the Fulton, Mo. community to honor heroes – and be heroes themselves – by donating blood at the Fulton VFW Hall on May 20, just in time for Memorial Day.

 

Everyone who attempts to donate blood will be able to enjoy free hot dogs, cupcakes and other snacks and receive gift bags, while supplies last. Donors can also thank local veterans for their service.

 

Just like members of our armed forces are asked to help when needed, the Red Cross asks blood donors to roll up their sleeves to help patients in need. Blood donated in Fulton can help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

 

Fulton VFW Blood Drive

May 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Fulton VFW Hall

South Highway 54, Fulton, Mo.

 

Every day the Red Cross needs about 17,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the country, and with schools out and families on vacations, it can be difficult to meet these needs during the summer months. All blood types are needed.

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 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

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.