Blood Drive Scheduled to Honor Lives Lost in Joplin Tornado
Red Cross Urges Disaster Preparedness
Jenny Schad is an American Red Cross volunteer and an EMT. She has seen devastation up close, and knows that when disaster strikes, the best defense is solid preparation. You’re invited to join Schad, the Red Cross and others in remembering one of the worst natural disasters in recent memory at the Joplin Tornado Memorial Blood Drive from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at the Red Cross office at 211 W. Armour Blvd in Kansas City, MO.
“When you find yourself in the midst of such destruction, you see how all of the planning and preparation beforehand starts to fall into place, you begin to see a much bigger picture,” said Schad, who was among the first responders on the scene following last year’s tornado in Joplin. “The blood products [the victims] needed didn’t come from the following days…it came from the individuals who selflessly give at every drive.”
When a disaster strikes and blood products are needed, it’s the blood already on the shelves that will be used to treat patients. The Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to give as often as they can – up to six times per year for whole blood donations – to ensure blood products are available when needed.
“Donating blood is important because disasters, accidents and illnesses happen, and in each of those, blood products can be crucial,” Schad said. “Giving blood is giving a person another day and another chance at life.”
Schad plans to be among those donating blood on May 22 when the Joplin Memorial Blood Drive begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Red Cross office in Kansas City. If you would like to join her, make an appointment to give by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: Joplin. Visitors to the blood drive will also have the opportunity to tour the Red Cross center and learn more about the services the Red Cross provides.
The Red Cross is your partner in getting prepared for emergencies, and has a variety of resources and tools to help make preparations easier. The Red Cross teaches more than four million people each year about being prepared for disasters, and more than nine million additional people receive Red Cross training each year in lifesaving skills such as first aid and water safety. To learn more about safety classes, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/takeaclass.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation 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 younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
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.