The Wichita community can give more than chocolate and flowers this valentine season at the American Red Cross You’re Someone’s Type Blood Drive Feb. 13, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st.
The blood drive comes as the Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to help restock its shelves to help overcome a severe winter blood shortage. All those coming to donate will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card claim code via email.
“If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, why not roll up a sleeve and donate blood?” said Lindsay Miller, account manager, Central Plains Blood Services Region. “If it’s been a while since you donated, or you were looking for a good reason to start giving, your generous gift is needed now. We can guarantee you are someone’s type.”
To make an appointment for the You’re Someone’s Type Blood Drive, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use the sponsor code YourTypeKS.
How to help
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 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.