Help patients in need at the eighth annual Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive

May 14, 2013

QUINCY, Ill. (May 14, 2013) – Summer is a critical time for those requiring lifesaving blood products. As donors pack their schedules with parties, BBQs, vacations and summer holiday activities, donations tend to decline. But for cancer patients, trauma victims and surgery patients, blood transfusions are needed every day of the year.

To help ensure a stable blood supply this summer, the American Red Cross, WGEM and Blessing Hospital are hosting the eighth annual Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive on May 23. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross lunch sack and be entered into a drawing to win hourly door prizes. Additionally, all presenting donors will have the chance to win the grand prize of two tickets to the St. Louis Cardinals versus the San Diego Padres game on July 20 in St. Louis.

Eighth annual Quincy 12 Hours of Giving Summer Blood Drive

Thursday, May 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Quincy Blood Donation Center

3000 N. 23rd St., in Quincy

A light breakfast will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. A hot meal begins 11 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. Childcare will be available.

As part of the Red Cross’ Summer of Stories donation campaign, all presenting donors between May 23 and May 31 could win a $1,000 American Express gift card in honor of Memorial 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

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