Red Cross hosts annual Effingham Corporate Challenge Blood Drive
Employees of local businesses encouraged to help save lives
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (May 27, 2014) — The American Red Cross and the Effingham Elks Club invite businesses in Effingham to encourage their employees to donate blood June 3-6 at the 17th annual Effingham Corporate Challenge Blood Drive. Everyone who presents to give blood will receive a free T-shirt, while supplies last, and can be entered to win a variety of prizes, including St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets. In addition, complimentary food from Subway, Jimmy John’s, Joe’s Pizza and other local restaurants will be available and the first 100 presenting donors each day will receive vouchers for free or discounted menu items from Buffalo Wild Wings and Panda Express.
The Effingham Corporate Challenge Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross, as blood donations often decline during the summer months. Cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others can’t take a summer holiday from needing a lifesaving blood transfusion, and the Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to roll up their sleeves to help patients in need.
Effingham Corporate Challenge Blood Drive:
June 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Effingham Elks Club, 2102 S. Banker in Effingham, Ill.
June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Effingham Elks Club, 2102 S. Banker in Effingham, Ill.
June 5 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Effingham Elks Club, 2102 S. Banker in Effingham, Ill.
June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Effingham Elks Club, 2102 S. Banker in Effingham, Ill.
Over the last nine years, the Effingham Corporate Challenge Blood Drive has collected more than 1,700 pints of blood. The blood drive this year 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.