Community gives back as 10th anniversary of Comair Flight 5191 crash approaches
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The American Red Cross and The Campbell House invite volunteer blood donors to honor the lives of those forever changed by the Delta Comair Flight 5191 crash and to help ensure a stable blood supply by donating blood at the Second Annual Campbell House Hotel Community Blood Drive on Friday, July 8, from 1 to 7 p.m. at The Campbell House, 1375 S. Broadway, in Lexington.
This year’s blood drive commemorates the 10th anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. In addition to being in memory of the 49 passengers who perished, this special blood drive is also in honor of their families and friends, survivor, first officer Jim Polehinke, and those who provided support to the passengers’ families following the crash on Aug. 27, 2006.
“It was a very tough and devastating time for the Lexington community,” said Melanie Allen, director of operations and assistant general manager for The Campbell House. “There wasn’t a downtown hotel property that didn’t feel the depths of this large-scale loss. Radisson was the host hotel for Comair, while The Campbell House received the grieving families, providing food, overnight accommodations and meeting space for grief counseling. We were all impacted.”
The second annual Campbell House Community Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.
All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt, and special access to purchase discounted tickets to ten Cedar Fair theme parks across the U.S., while supplies last. Cedar Fair will donate $2 from each discounted ticket purchase back to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission.
Campbell House Community Blood Drive
Friday, July 8
1 to 7 p.m.
The Campbell House hotel
1375 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504
How to donate blood
To make an appointment to donate, call 1 800-RED-CROSS, visit redcrossblood.org or download the Red Cross Blood Donor app. Use sponsor code: CampbellHouseLEX Walk-ins are welcome.
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, from a home or work computer 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.