The American Red Cross and Real Country 97.3 KBLR are partnering to help save lives during the third annual Country in Your Blood drive. This year eligible blood donors will have two opportunities to give – Saturday, May 6, at Blair City Hall and Monday, May 15, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church.
“Like classic country music, the need for blood is timeless,” said Real Country 97.3 General Manager Brad Leggett. “By rolling up a sleeve to give during this drive, donors can help ensure patients in our community have blood when they need it.”
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. depends on a blood transfusion, but summer can be a difficult time to maintain a stable blood supply. Donors of all blood types are needed to help those fighting cancer, organ transplant recipients, accident and burn victims, and more.
“Patients depend on volunteer donors to give blood,” said Amanda Knudsen, account manager, Red Cross Donor Recruitment. “We’re grateful for those who take an hour out of their day to help save a life.”
Country in Your Blood Drives
Saturday, May 6
7:30 a.m. to noon
Blair City Hall, chambers room
281 S. 16th St.
Monday, May 15
noon to 6 p.m.
St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church
2005 Davis Drive
All who come to give will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.
To make an appointment to donate at one of the Country in Your Blood drives, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Enter sponsor code BlairNE
to donate May 6, or BlairNebraska
to donate May 15.
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 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross