The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and American Red Cross are continuing their annual tradition of helping to save lives by hosting a blood drive on Saturday, August 13 or Sunday, August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Lancaster.
“While our guests come here to enjoy themselves and escape to another time and place for a little while, we know that hospital patients can’t take a vacation from needing blood and platelets.” said Candace Smith, communications / operations director, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. “This blood drive is an important part of our event each summer and is our way to give back to the community and to offer our attendees an opportunity to do so as well.”
All presenting donors at this blood drive will receive one general admission ticket to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for the 2016 season.
“While thousands of people from across the country have responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains,” said Beth Toll, external communications manager, Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region. “All eligible donors are encouraged to make a donation appointment to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.”
WHAT: Annual Red Cross Blood Drive
WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Sunday, August 14, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545
WHO: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
As an additional special thank you for coming to donate, all presenting donors will also receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code. To make an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: PARenFaire) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). *All offers and items are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash.
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 (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.