TULSA, Okla. (Nov. 29, 2018) — The American Red Cross, KRMG and FOX23 will continue their lifesaving holiday tradition by partnering on the 11th annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive. By donating during the drive, area residents can help give more life and boost the community’s blood supply prior to the holidays.
The 2018 Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive will be held Dec. 19 and 20, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Red Cross Tulsa Blood Donation Center, 10151 E. 11th St. and from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Woodland Hills Mall Sears Court, 7021 S. Memorial Ave. All who come to give blood will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
“It’s that time of year where we call upon our fellow Tulsans to roll up their sleeve and donate a few pints of blood,” said Levi May, Director of Branding & Programming, NEWS102.3 and AM740 KRMG. “Let’s end this year by raising a record amount. I have faith our audience will accept and surpass this challenge!”
The annual Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive comes at a time when the Red Cross urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays when regular donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. Snowstorms and severe winter weather may also cause blood drive cancellations and further impact donations.
During the season of giving, give more life.To make an appointment for this year’s Tulsa Holiday Blood Drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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.