Donors Needed to Help Fuel Blood Supply at Labor of Love Blood Drive
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – During summer holidays, like Labor Day, lifesaving blood donations sometimes decline. As donors pack their schedules full of activities, little time is left to donate.
A national appeal for donors issued in late June briefly stopped a decline in the Red Cross blood supply. However, the effect on the inventory was temporary and the need remains constant.
“Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to donate double red cells, where available, at this time,” said Linda Voss, River Valley Blood Services Region CEO.
The Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to roll up their sleeves at the Annual Labor of Love Blood Drive.
Labor of Love Blood Drive
Monday, September 17, 2012
10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
American Red Cross
29 S. Stockwell Road
Evansville, Ind. 47714
Please schedule an appointment today. All presenting donors at the Labor of Love Blood Drive will be treated to a complimentary meal.
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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.