An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Toledo’s former Mayor, D. Michael Collins, on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at UAW Local 12 Hall, 2300 Ashland Avenue in Toledo from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All who come to donate will receive a free T-shirt and enjoy an on-site cookout, root beer floats and a $10 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.* Toledo’s K-100 will also be on-site. Suburban Propane is the official national sponsor of the Red Cross summer campaign and is helping to increase awareness of the constant need for blood and platelet donations.
The United Labor Committee has partnered with the Red Cross in honor of the late Mayor Collins, a former labor leader, to respond to the continued emergency need for blood donors of all types. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. Eligible donors are encouraged to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.
“Mike was an advocate of the Red Cross and would be honored knowing people are donating blood in his memory to help others,” said his widow Sandy Drabik Collins. “He understood the importance of a reliable blood supply in the community.”
The Labor Blood Drive has been an annual event for over 25 years in the Toledo area. Past drives have had as many as 365 community members come to give in a single day. Blood collected at the Mayor Collins Memorial Drive may help many types of patients, including accident and trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies and patients with other blood diseases, such as sickle cell disease and many more.
“This is the right thing for organized labor to do for patients that need blood and a way to help our fellow citizens in the local community,” said Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12 and Toledo area UAW CAP Council. “I encourage anyone that hasn’t made their blood donation yet this summer to come down to Local 12 on Aug. 30 and do so.”
*Giveaway items, while supplies last. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash
Donate Blood in Memory of Mayor D. Michael Collins
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
7 a.m. 7 p.m.
UAW Local 12 Hall
2300 Ashland Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43620
How to donate blood
To schedule 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). 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.