Critical Shortage Continues – Red Cross Extends Visa Gift Card Giveaway Through 10/9/11

October 4, 2011

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Wichita, Kan.–Oct. 4, 2011 It’s been a difficult summer for the American Red Cross.  Natural disasters, record high temperatures, and outrageous gas prices all contributed to a low blood supply. While thousands of generous blood donors rolled up a sleeve to donate during this time of need, the Red Cross blood supply remains critical as we head into fall. In fact, surgeries could be at risk of being cancelled at area hospitals.

The American Red Cross supplies almost half of the nation’s blood supply, and with someone needing blood every two seconds, this is a monumental task that can only be accomplished with the public’s support. The Red Cross is now asking you to donate blood, and help educate others about the need for making regular blood donations.

Due to the serious need to increase in blood donations, the Red Cross is giving away five, $100 Visa gift cards within the Central Plains Region per day through Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Attempt to donate blood and you will not only help up to three patients, but you will automatically be entered into this drawing.

Locally, people may give blood at the Wichita Blood Donor Center, 707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan. on the following days and times: 
Mondays  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesdays  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays  10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fridays  7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sundays  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Only open 2nd Sunday of each month.)

How to Donate Whole Blood: Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or join our blog at


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