Donate Blood This Thanksgiving and Start a New Tradition with Friends and Family

November 19, 2009

QUINCY, Ill.  – As family and friends come together and celebrate their Thanksgiving traditions, the American Red Cross offers eligible blood donors another Thanksgiving celebration – gathering together and donating blood.

"The donation process takes about an hour, and offers families a chance to help patients in need," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. "By donating blood with friends and family, you can increase your impact and help us maintain a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season."

When you donate blood through the Red Cross, you help provide the gift of life for patients in serious medical need. The gratification you'll feel when you donate is instant. Make an appointment to donate blood with your friends and family today. You can change a life, starting with your own.

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Blood Drive
    Saturday, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    American Red Cross Adams County Chapter
    3000 N. 23rd Street
    Quincy, Ill.

All presenting donors at this special holiday drive will receive a coupon for six free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings and will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Buffalo Wild Wings. Buffalo Wild Wings has generously donated food for the refreshment area at this drive as well.

Plus, all presenting donors at this drive will be entered to win a personalized Louisville Slugger bat. Louisville Sluggers are used by many Major League players, and this bat is crafted from the finest timber grown in Pennsylvania and New York – where the terrain, soil and climate are most favorable to white ash.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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 younger than 19 years also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. 


American Red Cross Adams County Chapter
3000 N 23rd St
Quincy, IL
United States
39° 58' 3.72" N, 91° 22' 40.8" W
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