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Wisconsin Veterans Home blood drive commemorates 9/11 anniversary

North Central

August 25, 2014
 

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. —As a tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Chippewa Falls Wisconsin Veterans Home is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The drive offers the Chippewa Falls community an opportunity to commemorate 9/11 by donating blood.

“The tragedies of 9/11 impacted us all and it is important that we honor the victims and heroes of that day. The Wisconsin Veterans Home blood drive is a good way to pay respect to our 9/11 heroes in addition to having an impact on the lives of people that reside in the Chippewa Falls area,” said Cory Miller, account manager for the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “By donating blood at this drive, residents have a way to remember so that others may survive.”

Wisconsin Veterans Home blood drive
Thursday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wisconsin Veterans Home, 2175 E. Park Ave. in Chippewa Falls.

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for Americans to prepare for emergencies of all types, including ones that require blood transfusions. By giving blood through the Red Cross, donors help ensure an adequate supply is available.

It can take up to three days for donated blood to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so the blood on the shelves is what saves the day when an emergency strikes.

“Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this fall, and they’re relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead,” said Miller.  “Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need – and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood.”

Currently, eligible donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed for the Red Cross to readily meet patient needs. Donors who gave blood at the start of summer may now be eligible to donate again.

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 CrossThe 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 @RedCrossBloodNC.

 

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