APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – The Eastview High School National Honor Society is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the high school gym at 6200 140th St. W. This annual blood drive is one of the largest summer blood drives sponsored by a Minnesota high school.
“Partnering with the Red Cross by hosting blood drives is an important initiative for our students,” said John Kelly, faculty and NHS advisor, Eastview High School. “They are not only touching lives, but they’re developing leadership skills, making a lifesaving contribution to the community and learning the importance of volunteering. We are proud that they are so passionate about making a difference and helping ensure blood is available for patients in need.”
This blood drive comes at a crucial time, as the Red Cross sees a decline in blood donations during the summer months when schools are out of session. Students account for about 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross.
As a thank you, all those who come to donate will receive one free ticket, valid for entry to participating U.S. Cedar Fair parks, including Valleyfair, while supplies last. Tickets are valid for the 2017 season, and other restrictions may apply. In addition, all those coming to give will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s frozen custard with purchase.
Eastview High School was also recognized as an outstanding student blood drive coordinator group at a Red Cross, regionwide volunteer event Tuesday, June 20. Blood drive coordinators and other volunteers will be honored for their dedication and commitment to the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.
To schedule an appointment to donate June 28 at Eastview High School, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use keyword: Eastview.
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, 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.