BILOXI, Miss. (Dec. 12, 2018) — This New Year’s, the American Red Cross and WLOX encourage individuals to give something that means something – a blood donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with family and friends.
The WLOX-TV Annual New Year’s Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28, from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd. in Biloxi. All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
“The holidays are a busy time when many activities pull people away from making an appointment to donate blood,” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager of the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “This creates a greater need for donations during the winter months. We thank WLOX and the Biloxi community for a long-standing tradition of donating and making it possible for others to receive the blood products they need for the past 35 years.”
Giving blood is an easy way to impact someone’s life while impacting the community. Just one blood donation can help save up to three lives. Since the start of the blood drive, 35 years ago, the WLOX-TV Annual New Year’s Blood Drive has collected more than 12,000 pints of blood.
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) sponsor codes: WLOX. Donors of all blood types are needed. 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 computer or mobile device, 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.