Celebrate Thanks for Giving this October in Central Virginia

October 7, 2013




News Release

Media Contacts:

Kristen Hatfield, 757-439-3064





Give Thanks and Help the Red Cross by Donating Blood

Thanks for Giving Blood Donors Will Receive Tasty Goodies


Fredericksburg, VA (October 15, 2013)> –The American Red Cross is hosting the annual Thanks for Giving Blood Drives on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th at Spotsylvania Towne Center.


Locals can give thanks and help the Red Cross by donating blood at this year’s Thanks for Giving Blood Drives.  There are some extra incentives to get locals out to donate blood and show their support.  All presenting donors will receive Chick-fil-A sandwiches on Saturday.   On Sunday all donors will receive Menchie’s frozen yogurt samples and coupons.  Plus, all Thanks for Giving donors will receive a Red Cross gift, while supplies last!


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Blood is used for premature infants; people battling sickle cell anemia, leukemia and cancer; trauma patients; and many others in our community.  You can donate blood every 56 days, six times a year.  Donors can make their appointment to donate blood at a Thanks for Giving Blood Drive by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or logging on to redcrossblood.org


Thanks for Giving Blood Drives

Spotsylvania Towne Centre-food court

3102 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Sat., Oct. 19, 10am-4pm

Sun., Oct. 20, 11am-4pm


The Red Cross operates as a community blood center with a nationwide reach. As the only nationwide blood system, the Red Cross has a unique opportunity to supply patients throughout the United States with blood whenever and wherever they need it after first ensuring that local needs are met.


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.