Annual KFVS American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive Another Huge Success
Two-day Blood Drive Collects Over 700 Units
The American Red Cross and your source for Heartland news, KFVS12, partnered to help save lives with a two day blood drive at 11 locations in Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois on Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18.
The drive was another success, collecting 730 units of blood. Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, over 2,100 patients could benefit from the generosity of area donors.
"Each summer the Red Cross typically sees a drop in blood donations, and each summer KFVS12 is there to help keep our supplies stable,” said Scott L. Caswell, CEO of the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross thanks KFVS and their devoted viewers for all their efforts to help save lives."
The Red Cross is grateful to KFVS12 and the sponsors who contributed to the blood drive, as well as the thousands of presenting donors who helped save lives. Their donations come at a critical time, as the Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood following a June that saw donations nationwide down more than 10 percent. While donations have rebounded since then, the emergency call for blood remains.
Anyone who was unable to donate blood with the Red Cross and KFVS12 on Friday and Saturday can find more blood drives in their area by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.