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Help Save Lives & Receive Free Holiday World Tickets

River Valley

July 11, 2012

(Evansville, Ind.) - Certain times of the year present unique challenges to the nation’s blood supply – most typically around holidays. Summer vacations and activities fill donors’ schedules, leaving little time to donate. Blood donations often decline when this occurs.

Please join the American Red Cross for a special two-day blood drive where all presenting donors will receive Holiday World Tickets:

Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive

July 16th and July 23rd  

10am – 6pm

American Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana

29 S. Stockwell Road, Evansville, Ind.

“The blood supply is in decline as many of our regular donors are taking vacations or are busy with family visits and celebrations. Blood and platelet donors are needed now, especially after the Independence Day holiday,” said Matt Bertram, American Red Cross Regional CEO.  “Blood drives like these can help save patients lives. We need the community’s help to ensure blood is readily available for patients in need.”   

As part of the Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive, all presenting donors with appointments will receive a free ticket to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari! The American Red Cross will also provide free Papa John’s Pizza or hot dogs, chips and T-shirts. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, especially types O positive and negative, A negative and B negative.

Appointments MUST be scheduled prior to July 16th and July 23rd to take part in these special blood drives.  To make your appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit


How to Donate Blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 approximately 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 or join our blog at

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