HERMANN, Mo. (May 3, 2018) — The American Red Cross is once again teaming up with the Hermann Area Ambulance District to host a blood drive Monday, May 21 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 510 W. 16th Str. in Hermann.
This blood drive kicks off Emergency Medical Services week and the community is encouraged to honor those who serve prior to the start of Memorial Day Weekend. Roll up a sleeve, give blood and ensure patients in the Hermann area and across the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region have the blood products they need. All presenting donors will receive picnic style food. Families are invited to attend, and children can explore emergency response vehicles.
Blood donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. Additionally, blood donations at high school and college blood drives, which account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, decline when many schools are out of session. But, the need for blood remains constant.
“Our first responders do so much for the community and this is another example,” said Joe Zydlo, external communications manager, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “I can’t think of a better way to give back to our first responders than supporting this drive as we help patients who need it most.”
Donors of all blood types are needed in May, which is National Trauma Awareness Month. Trauma accounts for 41 million emergency room visits every year in the U.S. A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood.
All those who come to donate from May 14 to June 10, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
How to donate blood
Simply download the American 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 donors can now 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.