LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The American Red Cross is supporting 9/11 Day by offering the community an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of Sept.11. A special Holiday Hero blood drive will be held Wednesday, September 14 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Highland Post 201 American Legion located at 2919 Bardstown Road in Louisville.
All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sport Clips as part of the “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” campaign, a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code, a coupon for a free pint of Graeter’s ice cream and a free Stoker’s Broaster Chicken dinner, while supplies last.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Each year, tens of millions of Americans and people around the world observe the anniversary of 9/11 by performing good deeds that help people and communities in need.
“We are proud to support 9/11 Day and offer Louisville a way to pay tribute to the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “Honoring 9/11, while helping to save lives through blood donation is a long standing tradition of the Red Cross.”
Every day, the Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood donations to help support cancer patients, transplant patients, burn victims, trauma patients and others. In the River Valley Blood Services Region which includes Louisville, nearly 450 units of blood must be collected every day to meet the needs of more than 56 hospitals the Red Cross serves in the region.
How to donate blood
Schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: HERO. Walk-ins are also welcome.
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 home or work computer 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.