Give the gift of life this Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013


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


Give the gift of life this Thanksgiving

American Red Cross thanks blood donors with pie gift cards at participating Thanksgiving blood drives


WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 18, 2013) – As Thanksgiving approaches, many people reflect on their blessings and look for ways to give back to the community or someone less fortunate. Giving an hour of your time to donate blood could give a patient needing blood the most valuable gift of all – the gift of life. This Thanksgiving, the American Red Cross is encouraging all eligible donors to give back by donating blood or platelets. It’s a gift that doesn’t cost a thing and can offer another holiday season to a patient in need.


The Red Cross and Dillons are thanking presenting donors at the Wichita Donation Center on Nov. 25-26 with a complimentary gift card, while supplies last, for a holiday pie. As an added incentive during the Thanksgiving holiday, all presenting donors from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 will receive a red commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.


Larry Gould of Derby is thankful for the blood donors who helped save his daughter’s life. His daughter, Laurie, needed 20 pints of blood in a three-day period because of complication following a routine surgery two years ago. If it weren’t for blood donors, he said, she may not be alive. Larry, a long-time blood donor, began giving in 1976 and now encourages his family and friends to donate to “pay it forward.”


“We almost lost her twice in one weekend,” said Larry, who has donated more than 12 gallons of blood. “That experience really raised my family’s level of consciousness about the need for blood.”


Larry’s story highlights just how important each and every blood donation can be. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative and positive, A negative, B negative and AB positive or negative blood are especially encouraged to give.


“While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t, especially around the holidays,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.”


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wichita Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita

Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wichita Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita

Upcoming platelet donation opportunities:

Nov. 25 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wichita Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita

Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wichita Donation Center, 707 N. Main St., Wichita


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 Kansas), 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.