Last Gift blood drive held at Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
ST. PAUL, Minn. — During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to support its mission by giving something meaningful — giving hope to those in need. Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce members and the St. Paul business community will have the opportunity to give one last gift – the gift of life – before their holiday festivities begin with family and friends at a special Last Gift Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chamber’s downtown St. Paul offices.
“This is a great opportunity for the St. Paul business community to support the Red Cross’ lifesaving mission,” said Matt Kramer, president, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. “During the holiday season everyone’s schedules are hectic, so we want to make it convenient for our members to include making a blood donation on their holiday to-do list. Making a blood donation on Dec. 21 will help ensure that there is a stable blood supply for patients in need throughout the holidays.”
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Last Gift Holiday Blood Drive
Friday, Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
401 North Robert Street, Suite 150, St. Paul
All presenting donors will receive a special Red Cross holiday gift
Special guest: Santa takes time out to give one last gift at 11:00 a.m.
Every day, regardless of the date on the calendar, the Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood for patients. The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday by making an appointment to donate.
Discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season by donating blood. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O negative blood.
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.