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Give Thanks this Thanksgiving by Donating Blood

River Valley

November 5, 2010
 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 5, 2010) – This Thanksgiving, you can give a hospital patient the opportunity to spend another holiday with their family and friends, and get a special treat for yourself, by donating blood through the American Red Cross.

Throughout the year, dedicated donors take time out of their day to help strangers in need. During this season of giving thanks, the Red Cross is thanking all blood donors by offering a free holiday pie gift card to all presenting donors at participating area blood donation centers and select blood drives during the week of Thanksgiving.

"As you reflect on the things you are most thankful for this holiday season, take the time to give blood," said Linda Voss, CEO of the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. "In one hour, you can give a patient in need the gift of life."

While the need for blood is constant, the supply isn't and blood donation levels dip around the holidays. Give thanks this Thanksgiving by donating blood.

Media interviews available upon request. Please contact Karen Stecher (cell - 309-573-4601) to schedule.

Participating Blood Drives

Participating Blood Donation Centers

Bloomington Blood Donation Center
1600 W. 3rd St., Bloomington, Ind.

  • Monday, November 22, from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 26, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center
520 E. Chestnut St., Louisville, Ky.

  • Tuesday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, November 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Louisville East End Blood Donation Center
291 N. Hubbards Ln., Louisville, Ky.

  • Tuesday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Elizabethtown Blood Donation Center
405 W. Dixie Highway, Elizabethtown, Ky.

  • Monday, November 22, from noon to 6 p.m.

American Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter
29 S. Stockwell Rd., Evansville, Ind.

  • Tuesday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 26, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clark County Blood Donation Center
1805 E. 8th St., Jeffersonville, Ind.

  • Monday, November 22, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Columbus Blood Donation Center
931 Repp Dr., Columbus, Ind.

  • Friday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.