Give Thanks this Thanksgiving by Donating Blood

November 19, 2012

WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 19, 2012) – Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. In the spirit of the season, the American Red Cross and Dillons are thanking presenting donors with a gift card that can be redeemed for a free pumpkin pie at any Dillons store.  

While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays.  Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, you can give a hospital patient another reason to be thankful by donating blood at the Hays Blood Donor Center.

In December 2011, 15-month-old Mason Meyer of Harper, Kan. was diagnosed with multi-grade oligoastrocytoma, a type of inoperable brain cancer. In September 2012, his 14-year-old cousin Bekah Crowe of Derby, Kan. was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer. Family is pleased that Mason’s tumor has stabilized and chemotherapy has reduced the size of Bekah’s tumor so that hopefully it can be removed.  Mason and Bekah’s familes have joined together to fight cancer and invite people throughout Kansas to join the fight too by giving blood.

Mason and Bekah’s stories highlight 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, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

“Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.” Said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “A single blood donation can help save up to three lives and give patients another opportunity to celebrate holidays with their loved ones.”


Hays Blood Donor Center hours:

Monday, Nov. 19 – CLOSED

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (free pie day*)

Thursday, Nov. 22 – CLOSED

Friday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free pie day*)


* In addition to giving blood in honor of Mason and Bekah and helping children across Kansas who are fighting cancer and other diseases, all presenting donors on Nov. 21 and Nov. 23 will receive a gift card for a free pie, courtsey of Dillions Food Stores, while supplies last.

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 permission 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