Give hope this summer by donating blood at the Corporate Woods Blood Drive
Blood donors needed during difficult summer months
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (June 12, 2014) — When the summer season arrives, blood donations often decline as schools are out of session and families pack their schedules full of fun activities. But cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others can’t take a summer holiday from needing a lifesaving blood transfusion.
To help ensure patients in Kansas and across the country have the blood products they need this summer, the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Corporate Woods office park on June 26. All eligible donors are encouraged to give to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a potential shortage. Everyone who attempts to donate will be entered to win prizes and can enjoy free food from Chick-fil-A.
“The summer months are a crucial time of year for patients in need,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “Eligible donors are strongly encouraged to donate blood this summer and remember that every two seconds, a hospital patient needs a lifesaving blood transfusion.”
Corporate Woods Blood Drive:
June 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton
10100 College Blvd. in Overland Park
The blood drive is taking place during the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. summer campaign. The campaign, which runs through Sept. 1, will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. During the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.