Help Ensure a Sufficient Blood Supply by Donating at the Seventh Annual 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive

May 19, 2011

All presenting blood donors have the chance to win a grill package

The Memorial Day weekend finds many families packing the car for vacation, family reunions, and summer activities leaving little time to donate blood. The need for blood is constant and can’t take a vacation.  So it is important to remember how much patients need you! The seventh annual American Red Cross 12 Hours of Giving blood drive will soon be here! This special drive will include entertainment, and a babysitting service with children’s activities, and more!   To help ensure a stable blood supply leading into and after the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, all presenting donors from May 25 through May 31 within the Heart of America Blood Services Region will have the opportunity to win one of three summer grill sets complete with a mini-gas grill, tailgating cooler and grilling utensils.

The Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross,  Blessing Hospital  and 12 Hours of Giving honoree chairperson StaRadio’s Kevin Payne have joined together to promote blood donation. In just about an hour, one blood donation can help save up to three lives. Kevin is well known in the Quincy community, but few know that he is a cancer survivor. He is in remission now, but during his treatments, Kevin received many blood products. By making an appointment to donate blood at the 12 Hours of Giving, you not only give patients like Kevin more time to share with family and friends – you help save lives.

With your help, lifesaving blood will be available for patients this summer when they need it!

12 Hours of Giving May Blood Drive

Thursday, May 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross

3000 N. 23rd Street

Quincy, Ill.

As a show of appreciation for those who give blood and help save lives with the Red Cross, all presenting donors at the 12 Hours of Giving blood drive will receive a 12 Hours of Giving ceramic soup mug filled with candy and a free small yogurt coupon from TCBY in Quincy. Each presenting donor also will be entered into hourly drawings for Red Cross gifts and entered into other Red Cross prize drawings as part of our summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. Promotion.  One lucky donor, 21 years old or older, will win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida at the end of the summer. And summer grill sets will be raffled off to presenting donors of all ages who come to a blood drive between May 25 and May 31.

All presenting donors at this drive will have a chance to  win one of three prize packages. 

  1. Family Night Out includes a $50 Scotties Fun Spot gift card and a Microtel Inns & Suites overnight stay.
  2. Date Night includes a $50 Kelly’s Tavern gift certificate and a $25 BP gift card.
  3. All About Me includes a $100 gift card to Tranquility Med Spa. 

Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. featuring sausage biscuits & gravy, baked goodies and Kirby’s famous cinnamon roles. “Hot off the Grill” begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. with grilled sandwiches, macaroni salad, baked beans and chips. Cookies and other treats served throughout the day.

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

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.