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American Red Cross launches 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. blood donation campaign

Southwest Blood Services Region

May 19, 2014
 

The American Red Cross kicks off its 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign on May 24, reminding blood donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.

“Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Southwest Blood Services Region. “Making a blood or platelet donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation.”

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. The trend is particularly noticeable around holidays like Memorial Day, which is why all presenting blood and platelet donors from May 24 through May 26 will receive a commemorative Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last.

100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.

School nurse Alicia Dunn know firsthand of the importance of blood donations. Her husband, John Sills, battled non-Hodgkin’s and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for 16 months before passing away in March, 2009. During his cancer fight, he received approximately 61 pints of blood and blood products.

“My daughter and I are so thankful for the time we had with John,” said Dunn. “We can never repay the generous blood donors who helped give us that time, but we can pay it forward.”

 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 Oklahoma and Texas), 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 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 @RedCross.

 

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