Ring in the New Year by Helping Someone in Need at Cedar Valley Holiday Blood Drive

December 7, 2010

WATERLOO, Iowa – Between tracking down great deals at post-holiday sales and returning “not-quite-right” gifts from loved ones, take a moment to consider what you saved this holiday season. Shouldn’t it be something more than money? On December 30, help save a life by donating blood at the Cedar Valley Holiday Blood Drive.


Cedar Valley Holiday Blood Drive

Thursday, December 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

University of Northern Iowa Campus, 8201 Dakota Street

Celebrate the New Year and wrap up 2010 by helping patients in need. Roll up your sleeve on December 30 and help patients in need while enjoying great company, local entertainment and lots of great food.

All presenting donors will receive a t-shirt and can enter for a chance to win great raffle prizes at the Holiday Blood Drive, including a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Scheduling appointments in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors.

How to Donate Blood

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 generally in 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.