Honor our heroes by giving blood at the Memorial Day Weekend Blood Drive

May 17, 2013

DECATUR, Ill. (May 17, 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 – especially around summer holidays like Memorial Day. 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 Memorial Day and throughout the summer, the American Red Cross and WAND 17 are hosting the Memorial Day Weekend Blood Drive on May 25. All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross lunch sack and will be entered into a drawing to win hourly door prizes.

“Summer is an important time of the year for the nation’s blood supply,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The Memorial Day Weekend Blood Drive will not only give Decatur-area residents the opportunity to help hospital patients in central Illinois and across the nation, but it is also a great way to honor those who gave their lives for our country.”

Memorial Day Weekend Blood Drive

Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hickory Point Mall

Route 51 North in Forsyth, Ill.

Additionally, as part of the Red Cross’ Summer of Stories campaign, all presenting donors between May 23 and May 31 will be entered into a prize giveaway with a chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. Visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more details.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.