Red Cross hopes the St. Patrick's Day Blood Drive and its fighting Irish spirit will once again help patients in need
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The American Red Cross is once again counting on the fighting spirit of the Irish to help keep the area's blood supply stable.
"The St. Patrick's Day Blood Drive" is a longtime, traditional event that gives the Irish – or those with the Irish spirit – the chance to help those in need of a life saving blood transfusion.
The 18th annual drive will be March 9, 2009 from Noon to 7 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Ky.
All presenting donors will be treated with a traditional bowl of hot green Irish stew and hearty potato soup. "This is a fun blood drive," said Dr. Yenshen Hsueh, CEO of the local Blood Services Region. "We invite everyone to wear something green but to also bring that Irish-type determination to help those in need."
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
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.