Give the gift of life at the seventh annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive
The holiday season is in full swing, with schedules full of festive activities and plans with family and friends. But for patients requiring lifesaving blood transfusions, the holidays can be difficult.
To help ensure patients everywhere have the blood products they need this winter, the American Red Cross, KRMG and FOX23 will host the seventh annual Give Something that Means Something Holiday Blood Drive.
Give Something that Means Something Holiday Blood Drive
Dec. 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Tulsa Blood Donation Center, 10151 E. 11th St.
All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last. Also, courtesy of KRMG, everyone coming to donate can enter for a chance to win floor tickets to the upcoming Lady Antebellum concert at the BOK and a chance to win four tickets to the second annual Brady Theater New Year’s Eve Party (must be 21 years old to win.)
“The Red Cross tells us that this holiday blood drive comes at a crucial time of year for patients in need of blood,” said Levi May, KRMG program director. “We’re happy to be able to work with the Red Cross to be sure that patients have the chance to spend more holiday seasons with loved ones.”
Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and travel plans.
Blood donors are encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood this holiday season. Visit http://rcblood.org/HolidayPostcard to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one.
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 some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school – more –
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.