EVANSVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 7, 2016) — This Thanksgiving season, the American Red Cross and WEVV 44News are inviting 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 annual ‘Give Thanks, Give Life’ Blood Drive will be held Monday, Nov. 21 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stockwell Blood Donation Center, 29 S. Stockwell Road in Evansville.
All presenting donors will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, Donut Bank donuts, Texas Roundhouse chili and butter bread, Olive Garden pasta and bread sticks and pie from The Pie Pan in the canteen, while supplies last.
“The Red Cross relies on the generosity of volunteer donors to donate blood and give patients and their families hope during the holiday season,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment for the River Valley Blood Services Region. “We’re grateful for the support of WEVV 44News and the Evansville community who help to ensure patients have the blood products they need during the holidays.”
On average, the Red Cross must collect about 14,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. The holidays are a busy time when many activities pull people away from their donation appointments. This creates a greater need for donations during the winter months. Schedule a blood donation and #GiveWithMeaning this holiday season.
How to donate blood
Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800 RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code: Give Thanks. Walk-ins are 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, 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.