This isn’t your ordinary blood drive. Live rock music, concert footage from some of the best bands to ever grace the rock scene, special refreshments and incentives fit for a star all make up the sixth annual Let It Bleed blood drive coming to Omaha and Council Bluffs Friday, Aug. 12.
Over the past five years, Z-92, CD 105.9 and KMTV 3 have helped collect almost 2,000 pints of blood for the American Red Cross, helping save the lives of many hospital patients. 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 or platelets.
While helping to pump up the blood supply, donors will enjoy live music and concert footage. All who come out to donate will walk away with a commemorative Let It Bleed T-shirt and can enjoy refreshments, while supplies last.
Sixth annual Let It Bleed blood drive
Friday, Aug. 12
6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs
Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St., Omaha
American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 729 N. 132nd St., Omaha
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross has an urgent need for donors to give now to help ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals almost as fast as donations are coming in. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies. 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.
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.