MEDIA ADVISORY: Platelet Push at Salina Blood Drive This Week

October 25, 2010

Contact:Jennifer L. Keller - (316) 268-0853 / Cell: (316) 558-2428 – Twitter: @JenniferLKeller or @RedCrossBloodKS or                                                                             


Platelet Push at Salina Blood Drive This Week

 Tom Gillespie watches Seabiscut while making his 596th donation on Oct. 25 at the Wichita Blood Donation Center.

WHO:  Most adults in good health, weighing at least 110 pounds may donate whole blood. Red Cross is also looking for new platelet donors. The process takes longer, but is well worth it. To donate platelets, people must be male and aspirin free for 48 hours prior to donation.

WHAT:  American Red Cross Blood Services – Central Plains Region is making history this week – collecting whole blood, double reds(two units of red cells at the same time) and platelets using three different types of equipment all at the same place, the Salina Community Blood Drive.

WHY:  Platelets are the part of blood that help with clotting. Platelets are especially needed by burn patients, children with Leukemia and others fighting cancer.

Currently, platelet usage in Kansas is growing, but platelet donations are decreasing. Salina was chosen because it is home to the W.H. and Helen M. Graves Blood Platelet Center.

WHERE:  Sunrise Presbyterian Church- Corner of Roach and Beloit

Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 — Noon to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010— Noon to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ACTION:  Walk-ins are welcome. Or, make an appointment to donate by calling 316-268-0875. Outside of Wichita call toll free: 1-866-206-0694. Learn more at