EVANSVILLE, Ind. (April 30, 2019) — May is National Military Appreciation Month. WEHT Eyewitness News, Honor Flight of Southern Indiana and the American Red Cross are teaming up to honor the sacrifices made by military heroes and their families. Roll up a sleeve and give blood at the WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive Monday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Southwestern Indiana Chapter, located at 29 S. Stockwell Road, in Evansville.
For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been dedicated to serving members of the
military, veterans and their families, and that commitment never waivers. Red Cross is the largest provider of free, professional volunteer services to our recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing both clinical and non-clinical care and aid in more than 78 Military Treatment facilities, and 160 VA hospitals and clinics.
“National Military Appreciation month is a time to honor the spirit of sacrifice and service of those who courageously served our country by rolling up a sleeve to give blood in honor of local military members and veterans,” said Garry Allison, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. We’re excited to join forces with Honor Flight of Southern Indiana and WEHT to encourage the community to honor a hero by being a hero.”
As a special thank you, all presenting donors at the WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive will receive a free commemorative T-shirt, and a pork slider and corn meal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., courtesy of Texas Roadhouse, while supplies last. Additionally, all presenting donors will be sent a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email. *Restrictions apply. Visit: RedCrossBlood.org/Together
Blood donated through the Red Cross is distributed to about 2,600 hospitals across the country for patients in need, including patients at many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. With millions of Americans busy or traveling on Memorial Day weekend, we often face a steep drop in blood donations at the end of May. Help us make up for that gap and ensure that hospitals and patients have the blood they need this month by donating at the WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code Honor 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.