What do the Grinch, Santa Claus and the American Red Cross have in common? They’ll all be at the Cookies with Santa in Whoville event on Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Union City Elementary School, 91 Miles Street, Union City. A Red Cross blood drive will be held at the event. Presenting donors will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card.
The Red Cross will also have a children’s activity station with games about preparedness, bingo and coloring.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift by donating blood or platelets this holiday season. Blood and platelet donations decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day as people get busy with holiday activities. Blood donations are needed to ensure a healthy blood supply. 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.
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.