You’re Somebody’s Type – Join “The Big Drop”

April 25, 2014

Hundreds will put away their basketballs, get off their treadmills and store their yoga mats for an afternoon as they discover a different way to exercise their hearts through the region’s largest-ever blood drive partnership May 2-19, 2014. In an effort to collect more than 850 pints of blood, the Greater Wichita YMCA and the American Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region have joined forces once again for “The Big Drop Blood Drive,” as part of the Y’s Vision 2020 goal of mobilizing participants to contribute more than one million hours of community service per year.

“We are so excited to be working with the YMCA again,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region.  “Last year’s event exceeded our expectations so we have great hopes that this year’s partnership will do the same. We’re inviting the community to help us make this event as successful as it was last year.”

“Y members really came through last year with record-breaking donations, so I’m excited to see what this year brings,” noted Greater Wichita YMCA Chief Executive Officer Dennis Schoenebeck. “As the Y continues to build caring communities, this drive is a simple way to give back. By donating about an hour of your time to give blood, you won’t simply change lives, you’ll save lives.”

Because each pint of blood could help up to three patients, more than 2,550 lives could be impacted by the blood drive.

Blood donation opportunities:

All times are from noon to 6 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative “The Big Drop: You’re Somebody’s Type” t-shirt, while supplies last.

Friday, May 2                    Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA, 402 N. Market

Tuesday, May 6                 North YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn

  Wednesday, May 7             East YMCA, 9333 E. Douglas Ave.

  Thursday, May 8                Northwest YMCA, 13838 W. 21st St. N.

Friday, May 9                    West YMCA, 6940 Newell St.

Tuesday, May 13                Richard A. DeVore South YMCA, 3405 S. Meridian Ave.

Friday, May 16                   Andover YMCA, 1115 E. U.S. Hwy 54

Monday, May 19                 El Dorado YMCA, 300 N. Main St.


How to donate blood

Appointments for making a blood donation during “The Big Drop” can be scheduled by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or going to and entering sponsor code “YMCA KS.” 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), 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 @RedCross.

About the Greater Wichita YMCA

The Greater Wichita YMCA is a non-profit organization that serves more than 270,000 kids and adults through child care, camping, urban outreach programs and healthy lifestyles activities. Nearly two out of three kids in Sedgwick and Butler Counties participate in YMCA activities and more than 72,000 participants receive free and assisted programs. Within the YMCA’s financial capabilities, no person is refused program or membership privileges because of inability to pay.