LANGHORNE, PA (July 10, 2019) — Nine years ago, American Red Cross employees Jason Gunsenhouser and Kristy Szafran held their first blood drive in memory of their son Nicholas Writer.
Born prematurely at only 25 weeks, Nicholas required blood transfusions during his battle to survive at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Even though Nicholas lived only two short days, his legacy continues in the 355 units of blood collected in his name, which have potentially helped over one thousand patients in our region and beyond.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Nicholas’ passing, and the community is invited to celebrate his legacy by giving blood on Sunday, July 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, 616 E. Lincoln Highway in Langhorne. The drive is open to the public.
Schedule an appointment
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency need for blood donors to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this summer. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS and enter sponsor code Nicholas Writer.
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 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 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.