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Red Cross, Winterfest and local media partner for New Year’s blood drives

Southwest Blood Services Region

December 18, 2013
 

New Year’s is a time for both reflection and setting goals for the future. Many of us resolve to eat healthier, give up bad habits and become more involved in our communities. As the clock ticks down to 2014, the American Red Cross encourages people to include giving blood on their lists of New Year’s resolutions.

Red Cross is teaming up with the Arvest Winterfest, K95, Mix96, Rock103, Fox 23 and Cox Communications on a two-day pre New Year’s blood drive scheduled for Dec. 29-30.

All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, while supplies last. Also, all those coming to donate receive, courtesy of the Arvest Winterfest, a $2.00 discount on Winterfest admission plus a free cocoa and, courtesy of K95, a chance to win floor tickets to the upcoming Lady Antebellum concert, at the BOK Center.

The hour it takes to roll up a sleeve to donate blood could help save up to three lives. The patients who often need blood include traumatic accident victims, those undergoing chemotherapy and premature babies.

Arvest Winterfest New Year Blood Drive

Dec. 29-30 from 1-7 p.m. at Arvest Winterfest, 200 S. Denver, Tulsa, Okla.

 “Giving blood could be one of the most impactful goals a person could add to their New Year’s resolution list,” said Matt Bradley, K95 program director. “Most of us can probably find an hour to give. We may never know the people we have helped, but we can know that our gift made a real difference.”

All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative. The winter months are historically a challenging time for the Red Cross to collect blood donations, due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, patients who need blood do not get a day off. They rely on donors who are willing to give year round.

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 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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