Additional blood drives scheduled in Newton

April 17, 2013

News Release


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-268-0853, @RedCrossBloodCP            


Additional blood drives scheduled in Newton

Spring into spring by saving a life


NEWTON, Kan. (April 16, 2013) — Spring is a time for sunny days and warmer temperatures. Newton residents can celebrate the end of winter and the start of a new season by making a lifesaving blood donation.


The severe winter weather caused the cancellation of more than 425 American Red Cross blood drives and caused a shortfall of more than 16,000 blood and platelet donations. As they helped the Red Cross recover in February, shortly after the storms hit, Newton residents can help again. Two additional blood drives are scheduled in Newton on April 22 and 23 and will help prepare the community’s blood supply for summer months.


“The winter weather made collecting blood and platelets difficult,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Central Plains Blood Services Region. “We thank all of the generous blood and platelet donors in Newton who were able to give in February during the inclement weather and invite them and others in the community to give at this drive.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Both drives will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1000 N. Main

April 22 from noon to 6 p.m.

April 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The need for blood is constant. All blood types are needed to meet patient needs, especially O negative, B negative and A negative.

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 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.


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