Come celebrate Eskimo Joe’s 41st anniversary and help save a life with the American Red Cross when you donate blood Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W. Elm Ave.
While attending the blood drive, enjoy the anniversary festivities as Stillwater’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint spills into the streets! The anniversary celebration will include the blood drive, an anniversary poster signing, food and drink specials and a kids’ carnival (9 a.m. to noon) with face painting, inflatable rides, a petting zoo and more!
"Eskimo Joe's is happy to offer those joining us for the anniversary celebration an opportunity to give blood with the Red Cross," said Stan Clark, CEO and founder of Eskimo Joe’s. "It's a great way to help our community and pay it forward."
The Eskimo Joe’s 41st anniversary blood drive comes at a critical time for the Red Cross. In summer months it can be difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Donor vacations and schools being out of session can often interrupt regular donations.
The Red Cross recently issued an emergency appeal asking eligible blood donors to give as soon as possible. Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what is needed.
With less than a five day’s supply of blood, the Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give now for patients in need. All those who come to donate blood at the Eskimo Joe’s 41st anniversary celebration blood drive will receive a Red Cross water bottle, an Eskimo Joe’s CD and a coupon to bowl a free game at Mojo’s Grill.
“Many thanks to Eskimo Joe’s for welcoming Red Cross donors and giving them the opportunity to help save a life as part of the anniversary celebration,” said Jan Hale, communications manager for Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “If you’ve thought about giving blood, now is the time to do it. It’s the blood donations on the shelves that help save lives when an emergency occurs.”
To make an appointment to donate blood at the Eskimo Joe’s anniversary celebration blood drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code “eskimojoes” or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Use RapidPass online health history at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when you save lives.
How to donate blood
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.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.