PORTLAND, Ore. (Nov. 4, 2019) — The American Red Cross is sweetening the incentive to give blood and platelets this Thanksgiving Day at the Portland and Vancouver-Clark County Blood Donation Centers. In the spirit of the season, the Red Cross will thank all those who come to donate at the annual Thanksgiving Day blood drive with a free pie, while supplies last.
“As the holiday season begins, we are asking blood and platelet donors to share their good health and be a hero to a hospital patient in need,” said Marcea Vandermeer, regional market manager, Red Cross Oregon-Washington Region. “By taking an hour to give, donors will help give patients a chance to experience more holidays seasons with loved ones.”
This blood drive comes at a crucial time of year for the Red Cross. Long holiday weekends, like Thanksgiving, pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Red Cross Portland Donation Center
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
3131 N. Vancouver Ave.
Red Cross Vancouver-Clark County Donation Center
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
5109 NE 82nd Ave.
Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma between Nov. 27-30, will receive an exclusive long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. And, as a bonus, they’ll get a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card by email courtesy of our partner Suburban Propane. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Thanks.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device and use sponsor code PortlandDC or VancouverDC to make an appointment or for more information.
How to donate blood
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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.