Celebrate Shark Week - Give Blood

July 28, 2011

Media Contact: Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428
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, Kan. – July 28, 2011– There’s a wave of excitement at the American Red Cross this week as we partner with Discovery Channel for Shark Week, which kicks off July 31, 2011and runs through Aug. 7, 2011.

The Red Cross hopes to reel in blood donors during Shark Week. Make an appointment to give blood during this time and you’re sure to get hooked on donating blood.

Although sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water, it’s sometimes difficult for the Red Cross to circle its target.  Dip your toes in the water, if you dare, and you can help send a summer blood shortage out with the tide. The Red Cross may be as blood thirsty as a shark, but we promise to only sink our teeth in for one pint of your blood.

Locally, you may give blood at the Wichita Blood Donor Center at 707 N. Main. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Now for the bait!  Come in to give blood and you can also enter to win a life-sized shark donated by Cox Communications as well as be entered in Central Plains Region’s weekly drawing for a $250 gas card. (Weekly gas card giveaway continues through Labor Day.) 

Don’t be cold blooded. Get out of the pool and dive into blood donation by scheduling your Shark Week blood drive appointment today at redcrossblood.org. Help the Red Cross and Discovery Channel make this the bloodiest shark week ever.

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.



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