Red Cross blood, platelet donors give patients time to create summer memories
Summer of Stories campaign encourages donations during summer
ST. LOUIS (May 20, 2013) — Summer is a time for the days that never end. Time for diving in and grilling out. Time to watch fireworks, to have a picnic, to root for the home team. While many have fun making these memories, hospital patients are counting on eligible donors to make time to give blood or platelets so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories.
The American Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join the campaign, which runs through Sept. 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.
Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.
Throughout the campaign, donors will be encouraged to give blood or platelets regularly, especially around summer holidays, when donations tend to drop even more. To support summer holiday donations, all donors who present to give during specified time frames will be entered for a chance to win an American Express gift card.
Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Visit redcrossblood.org/summer or call
1-800-RED CROSS for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives this summer.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.