Red Cross partners with WMBD to help save lives
East Peoria, Ill. (July 14, 2016) — The American Red Cross is teaming up with WMBD TV to hold the first Summer Super Hero Blood Drive on July 29 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino in East Peoria, Ill.
This blood drive comes at an important time of year. During the Independence Day holiday, many regular donors postponed giving blood due to vacation plans, further depleting an already low blood supply. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. This drive also comes on the heels of the Red Cross issuing an emergency call for donors to give now to help address a significant blood shortage and ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need.
All presenting blood donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and a certificate for a free pint of Culvers Famous Frozen Custard, while supplies last, and a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.
“Life-saving blood is needed from eligible donors this summer,” said Rick Roseneck, external communications manager for the American Red Cross Heart of Blood Services Region. “Hospital patients rely on their generosity to survive. Those patients do not get a summer holiday or vacation from needing blood. Donors can help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.”
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
Summer Super Hero Blood Drive
Friday, July 29
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Par-A-Dice Hotel & Casino
21 Blackjack Blvd.
East Peoria, IL 61611
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “SUPERHERO” or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or to obtain 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.