WFMY News 2 Holiday Blood Drive

December 4, 2013



Holiday Partnership Urges Triad Folks to Give Something that Means Something—Blood Donation


Experience the true meaning of the holidays this season by giving the Gift of Life at the 49th annual WFMY News 2 Holiday Blood Drive Tuesday, December 10th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center.   


WFMY News 2 has partnered with the American Red Cross for the 49th year to help boost blood collections during the holiday season, a time which traditionally sees a drop in donations.  All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and be entered to win a special gift from Schiffman’s Jewelers. 


“WFMY has been such a wonderful supporter of the Red Cross and the need for blood for nearly a half-century, and we’re so grateful for their partnership,” said Steve Maness, Vice President of the Red Cross Southeast Blood Services Division.  “Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make the time to give blood due to seasonal activities, celebrations and holiday shopping.  However, the need for blood doesn’t take a holiday—every two seconds someone needs it.  The WFMY Holiday Drive couldn’t come at a better time to help us meet that need and to give hope to the patients we serve.” 


To schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter Sponsor Code WFMY.


The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.


Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.