Red Cross challenges 300 Louisvillians to give blood in honor of military heroes
LOUISVILLE, KY. (May 10, 2017) – May is National Military Appreciation Month. The American Red Cross is challenging 300 individuals to honor a hero by being a hero and donating blood at the Holiday Hero Memorial Day blood drive on Wednesday, May 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – PNC Club.
Blood supplies typically dip in the summer months making this an important time to donate blood and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need. Donors are encouraged to bring a heroic friend or family member to donate blood in honor of military heroes. All presenting blood donors will receive a small token of appreciation, while supplies last.
“Memorial Day is a time to honor U.S. service men and women who nobly sacrificed their lives to protect our country,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “In like spirit, we’re encouraging 300 Louisvillians to honor our heroes by donating blood and helping to ensure blood products are readily available for patients who need them this summer.”
As the only blood service provider to offer aid to military members and their families, the Red Cross has a long tradition of honoring military heroes. In 1941, at the request of the military, Red Cross launched its blood donor program to assist soldiers injured in World War II. With the help of community heroes, Red Cross collected more than 13 million pints of blood.
Today, the Red Cross is the single largest provider of blood products in the U.S. supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply each year by collecting an average of 14,000 donations every day for patients in need.
Holiday Hero Memorial Day Blood Drive
Wednesday, May 24
Noon to 7 p.m.
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium – PNC Club
2800 S. Floyd ST.
Louisville, KY 40209
How to donate
To schedule your appointment to donate blood at the Holiday Hero Memorial Day blood drive, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code: HERO 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.
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.