Roll up your sleeve and donate during Riverfest

May 28, 2013


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


Roll up your sleeve and donate during Riverfest

Presenting donors can enter to win one-night stay at Drury Hotel Broadview


WICHITA, Kan. (May 28, 2013) — Summer is just around the corner, and blood and platelet donations often decline when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation. To help maintain the blood supply, the American Red Cross and Wichita Festivals, Inc., encourage Wichitans to roll up their sleeves and donate blood for the annual Roll Up Your Sleeve for Riverfest blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at the Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main.


All presenting donors can enter to win a one-night stay at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. The stay includes a room with riverfront view for June 8, the evening of the Wichita River Festival fireworks.


In 2012, 52 pints of blood were collected. Because every pint of blood can help save up to three lives, up to 156 patients may have benefited.


Riverfest is a 10-day event in June featuring musical entertainment, kids’ activities, festival food and cultural events.


Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is simply no substitute.


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 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.