CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 13, 2018) – The American Red Cross is encouraging everyday heroes to give a gift that can’t be bought in a store – the gift of a blood donation. Eligible donors are encouraged to roll up a sleeve this holiday at the inaugural Winter Hero Blood Drive Monday, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee, 4115 S. Access Road, in Chattanooga.
As a special thank you for taking the time to donate, those who come out to give will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross holiday T-shirt, while supplies last.
Blood donations often decline during the holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Severe winter weather may also cause blood drive cancellations.
“This time of year, it’s important to remember that medical conditions and emergencies which require blood don’t stop for the holidays,” said Julia Wright, executive director of the American Red Cross Southeast Tennessee Chapter. “The Red Cross invites the community to take a little time to give a gift that can literally help save someone’s life by donating blood at the Winter Hero Blood Drive.”
The Winter Hero Blood Drive comes as the Red Cross faces an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give blood. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
How to donate blood
Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting RedCrossBlood.org and entering sponsor code: WinterHero. Walk-ins are welcome. 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.