Give the gift of life at The Pantagraph Holiday Blood Drive

December 3, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Dec. 3, 2013) — With the holiday season in full swing, schedules are packed with festive activities and plans with family and friends. But for patients who require lifesaving blood transfusions, the holidays can be difficult.

To help ensure patients have the blood products they need this winter, the American Red Cross and The Pantagraph will host The Pantagraph Holiday Blood Drive on Dec 13. All presenting donors will receive a free pair of Red Cross gloves and be entered into a raffle to win door prizes. Monical’s Pizza will be served.

Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and travel plans. But hospital patients don’t get to take a holiday from needing blood.

“The Pantagraph Holiday Blood Drive comes at a crucial time of year for patients in need of blood and platelets,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “By rolling up a sleeve and donating, donors are giving hospital patients the chance to spend more holiday seasons with loved ones.”

The Pantagraph Holiday Blood Drive

Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., in Bloomington, Ill.

Every donation offers hope to patients in need. Blood donors of all types are needed, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB.

The upcoming blood drive comes during the Red Cross’ Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, which runs through Jan. 6, 2014, and encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood or platelets. Blood donors are also encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood. Visit to upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one.

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 @RedCross.