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American Red Cross partners with first responders, KRMG and Fox 23 on annual holiday blood drive

Southwest Blood Services Region

December 17, 2012
 

Every day, regardless of the time of year or the date on the calendar, the American Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood for patients in need. During the holiday season, while the need for blood remains constant busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little extra time and blood donations can drop off. 

As it has for the past seven years, the Red Cross is offering Tulsans the opportunity to support the community’s blood supply during the holiday season at the Give Something that Means Something Holiday Heroes Blood Drive. Working with the Red Cross this year are as media partners are KRMG radio, Fox 23 and Tulsa’s first responders including EMSA, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa Fire Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

“EMSA medics, and all first responders, truly understand that emergencies and medical needs don’t stop for the holidays. They are ready to respond no matter what holiday, day or time,” said Kelli Bruer, EMSA director of communications and public relations.  “We hope others will respond in the way they can, and that is to give blood. If you have had life-saving care given by a Tulsa first responder, we hope you’ll donate in their honor.”

Give Something that Means Something Holiday Heroes Blood Drive

Friday, Dec. 21

7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

10151 E. 11th St

Between Mon. Dec. 17 and Fri. Dec. 21, all presenting donors can register to win one of three shopping sprees to Sam’s Club Tulsa Hills, courtesy of KRMG. First prize is a $2500 shopping spree, second prize is a $1500 shopping spree and third prize is a $1000 shopping spree.

“During this time of giving, it only seems right for KRMG to partner with the American Red Cross, an organization that gives back to our communities each and every day,” said Levi May, KRMG Program Director.  “For those that give the gift of life by donating blood during this special drive, KRMG will give them a chance to win one of three shopping sprees at the Tulsa Hills Sam's Club -- our way of saying, 'thank you'.”

A blood or platelet donation is the gift that doesn’t cost a thing, but can give hope and joy to a patient in need.

“Red Cross is so grateful to Tulsa’s first responders and KRMG for their support of this year’s holiday blood drive. Giving blood or platelets helps spread hope by giving something that doesn’t cost a thing, but offers so much,” said Steve Nagle, CEO, Southwest Blood Services Regions. “We hope all donors will make the time to give, especially donors with type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.”

Discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season. Give blood.

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

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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