Get ready to rock someone’s world this summer by donating blood with the American Red Cross and Classic Hits 98.9 KKPR. The annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive returns to Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and Holdrege on Aug. 3.
Volunteer blood donors have helped make this annual summer event a great success since 2010. In the past six years, more than 1,000 pints of blood have been collected during the Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive. By sponsoring this annual event, Classic Hits 98.9 KKPR helps ensure blood is available for hospital patients including premature babies, accident victims, cancer patients and many more.
All who come out to donate will receive a commemorative Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve T-shirt and special refreshments, while supplies last.
Seventh annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve blood drive
Wednesday, Aug 3, from noon to 6 p.m.
Evangelical Free Church, 2015 North Saint Joseph Ave., Hastings
YWCA, 211 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island
Fort Kearney Chapter, 520 W. 48th, Kearney
Agriculture Center, 1302 2nd St., Holdrege
Appointments are encouraged, though walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule a donation, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and use the sponsor code rockandroll.
This drive comes at a particularly difficult time for the Red Cross. Many schools that hold blood drives are out of session during the summer months and vacation and summer schedules may cause some donors to be unavailable to give. This makes it a hard time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in.
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 (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, 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross