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Red Cross Asking People to Give Blood Over Veterans Day Weekend

Southwest

November 8, 2011
 
Participants also can Sign Cards for Military, Veterans and Families for “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Program

The American Red Cross is asking people to roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets this Veterans Day weekend to honor those who have served their country. At the same time, anyone who comes to donate will have the opportunity to sign a card and include a personal message that will become part of the annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. 

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have joined together for Holiday Mail for Heroes, a program through which people can sign holiday cards for members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, and the Red Cross will sort and deliver them to military installations, veterans’ medical facilities and other locations during the holidays. 

Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Area residents are invited to come by the Tulsa Red Cross center at 11th and 169 on Friday, November 11th or Saturday, November 12th from 8am-3pm to give blood and sign a holiday card for our military heroes.

“We hope people will join us over this Veterans Day weekend,” said Steve Nagle, Southwest Region CEO. “Donors will have the chance to help hospital patients who need blood, and at the same time, sign a holiday card that thanks veterans and members of the military for their service.”

Every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to help trauma victims, surgical patients, burn victims, patients with blood disorders and many others.

Potential blood donors must be 17 years of age (16 with parental consent,) meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and be in generally good health. People should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate. Eligible donors can give whole blood every 56 days.

To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood or platelets, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).