Donate Blood and Help the Red Cross Avoid a Summer Blood Shortage
(Nashville, Tenn., June 7, 2011)
The American Red Cross appreciates all the generous people who voluntarily donate lifesaving blood.
There are thousands of you throughout the 70 counties in the Tennessee Valley Region.
This June, we recognize the blood donors in and around Murfreesboro. Thank you for your dedication to the Red Cross blood program.
The summer months are often a difficult time for blood collections for many reasons. We can no longer rely on school blood drives, which account for 14-percent of blood collected in the Tennessee Valley Region. In addition, more people are vacationing and unable to visit blood drives.
You can help prevent a summer blood shortage by giving blood at the First Annual Murfreesboro Donor Day on Tuesday, June 21, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center located at 521 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro.
To schedule your blood donation appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Murfreesboro19. Walk-in donors are also welcome.
All presenting blood donors receive a special Donor Day T-shirt and a cookie, courtesy of Doubletree Hotel, while supplies last.
In addition, all presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:
An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.
Plus, anyone who presents to donate blood Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 is automatically entered into the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE, courtesy of Ford Motor Company. One winner is selected by random drawing on Monday, Sept. 19. For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit redcrossracing.com or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Blood is a perishable product with a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so it must be replenished constantly—there simply is no substitute.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and 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.