Give thanks this Thanksgiving by donating blood

November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks. In the spirit of the season, the American Red Cross is thanking presenting donors with a complimentary pie or voucher for a pie at participating blood drives during the week of Thanksgiving.

While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays.  Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. This Thanksgiving, you can give a hospital patient another reason to be thankful by donating blood.

“Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “A single blood donation can help save up to three lives and give patients another opportunity to celebrate holidays with their loved ones.”

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 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 join our blog at