Friends and Family Unite to Give Back and Donate During Blood Drive

March 17, 2011

Beth Sweeney of Davenport thought donating blood would be a good way to give back for the blood products 11-year-old Carina Benson with leukemia used.  Carina is the daughter of Sweeney’s friends Jill and Kevin Benson. 

On March 23, blood donors like Beth in Davenport, and the entire Quad Cities area, are being encouraged to give a little of themselves and give back during the Giving Back for Carina Benson Blood Drive. During the four hour blood drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall, the American Red Cross hopes to collect more than 50 pints of blood.

The Red Cross, along with Sweeney and the Benson family, is encouraging the community to make the time to give blood this March – Red Cross Month - to ensure a stable blood supply for patients like Carina.Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.

In about an hour, you can make a lifesaving difference by giving blood.


Giving Back for Carina Benson Blood Drive

Wednesday, March 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Knight’s of Columbus Hall, 1111 E. 35th St.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or visit

The more you share, the more you get back. Give blood.

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 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 18 years of age or younger 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.