Annual Mineral Area College American Red Cross blood drive collects hundreds of pints of blood
Nearly 300 pints collected
PARK HILLS, Mo. (March 28, 2013) – The Mineral Area College Student Nurses Association, the American Red Cross and radio stations J-98/KREI/KJFF partnered for the annual Mineral Area College Blood Drive on March 27 on the college campus in Park Hills. Their efforts and the generous donations of hundreds of volunteer blood donors could help save more than 800 lives.
The Red Cross collected 276 pints of blood during the eight hour drive at the Bob Sechrest Field house. Because each donation could help save up to three lives, 828 lives could potentially be saved thanks to the donors at Mineral Area College.
Everyone who attempted to donate received a Red Cross T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets, courtesy of Keith Hudson and First State Community Bank.
“The Red Cross thanks everyone for their hard work in making this blood drive another success for us and the hospitals we serve,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The college students, staff, nursing students, and the surrounding community were once again tremendous.”
Blood donated at the Mineral Area College Blood Drive may help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.
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.