Wichita community makes vital contribution to patient care by donating more than 1,000 pints of blood

June 13, 2013


Media contact: Cari Merrill, 316-558-2428, @RedCrossBloodCP                      redcrossblood.org

                        Shelly Conrady, 316-219-9622 ext. 5553, shelly@ymcawichita.org


Wichita community makes vital contribution to patient care by donating more than 1,000 pints of blood

Inaugural American Red Cross/Greater Wichita YMCA partnership exceeds blood drive goal by more than 26 percent


WICHITA, Kan. (June 13, 2013) — Hundreds of men and women rolled up their sleeves May 10 through June 6 and donated 1,027 pints of blood at The Big Drop blood drive, exceeding the American Red Cross’ and Greater Wichita YMCA’s goal of 800 pints. Of those who donated, more than 400 were first-time blood donors. This makes The Big Drop the largest event in the Red Cross’ Central Plains Blood Services Region.


Because each donation can help save up to three lives, more than 3,000 patients could benefit.


“This was truly a community effort, and I can’t say enough about the generosity of Y participants. I watched college students donate blood, and then go home to bring their parents or classmates back to add to the day’s total,” commented Dennis Schoenebeck, YMCA chief executive officer. “I can’t think of a better way for the Y to have kicked off our new Vision 2020 commitment to mobilize Y participants to give back one million hours of volunteer service each year.”


Every day, patients throughout the Wichita area and across the country rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving health care. Cancer patients, accident victims, those undergoing surgery, those with a chronic illness and many others may need blood.


“To collect more than 1,000 pints of blood at eight blood drives is tremendous,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO of the Central Plains Region. “Each person who donated blood at a YMCA blood drive helped make a significant impact on the lives of others.”


Giving blood is a selfless act. The hour it takes to give the gift of life can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical need.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Red, White & You community blood drive

July 4 -6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd., Wichita

Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve community blood drive

July 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wichita Blood Donation Center, 707 N. Main., Wichita


How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodCP.