ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The American Red Cross is kicking off its Centennial Celebration by hosting a blood drive on Thursday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the Red Cross office (401 N. 12th street).
This event kicks off the Centennial celebration as a part of Red Cross Month. All those who come to donate will enjoy various food and refreshments, and there will be a raffle for prizes. Among the prizes are two tickets to the ‘A Century of Service’ celebration dinner on May 18 at Missouri Western State University. The event will feature guest speaker Dave Sanderson who was the last person off of US Airways flight 1549 which landed in the Hudson River in 2009. This story has since been adapted to the major motion picture “Sully.”
The blood drive is just one of many events planned in 2017 to honor 100 years of service by the American Red Cross chapter in St. Joseph.
“We are delighted to celebrate 100 years of service to the community,” Angie Springs, Executive Director, American Red Cross, Northwest Missouri. “This kickoff event is a great way for us to help save lives.”
American Red Cross Office
401 N. 12th Street
St. Joseph, MO. 64501
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last
Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 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 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.