American Red Cross hosts 6th Annual Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive

December 10, 2012

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to support its mission by giving something meaningful. Community members can give hope to those in need by donating blood at the 6th Annual Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive on Dec. 19. All presenting donors will receive a complimentary holiday pie, while supplies last.  

Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel
1200 Collins Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Something meaningful like a blood donation is a gift that doesn’t cost a thing but can give joy and hope to a hospital patient in need. Every day, regardless of the date on the calendar, the Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood for patients. The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday by making an appointment to donate.

“Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for those in need,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful this holiday season. Please add making a blood donation to your holiday to-do list.”

Discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season by donating blood. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O negative blood. 

The Red Cross depends on donations of time, money and blood to provide hope, help and compassion every day. During the holidays and throughout the year, the Red Cross is hard at work in the community, whether collecting blood, providing disaster services, conducting health and safety training or connecting a member of the armed forces to home in times of need. The 2012 American Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign runs through the end of the year. Visit to learn more.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 permission 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. 

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 or join our blog at