DUBUQUE, Iowa (Oct. 29, 2018) — As many people are planning their Black Friday gift list, look no further than rolling up a sleeve, give more life and donate blood. The American Red Cross and Radio Dubuque invite community members to help save lives by giving blood at the 32nd annual Thanksgiving Holiday Blood Drive Friday, Nov. 23, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Red Cross Dubuque Blood Donation Center, 2400 Asbury Road. Those who come to donate will receive a free Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
Make new memories with family and friends and help establish a new holiday tradition by joining the Red Cross in fulfilling its lifesaving mission to provide blood products to hospital patients in need.
“Some of the greatest gifts are the ones that are done out of selflessness,” said Nicole Miller, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross Badger Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Those who roll up a sleeve to donate a part of themselves truly are giving the perfect gift - a lifesaving gift.”
The need is constant and blood and platelet donations tend to decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when people become busy with holiday festivities. The Red Cross and Radio Dubuque encourage you to join this event to continue the 32-year tradition to help give hospital patients an opportunity to spend another holiday with their loved ones.
On average, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 donations every day to meet the needs of patients in Iowa and across the country. Blood donors of all types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.