American Red Cross Encourages Memorial Day Blood Donations to Ensure Sufficient Supply

May 16, 2011

OMAHA, Neb.  – The Memorial Day weekend finds many families packing the car and heading out of town. But the need for blood is constant and can’t take a holiday. 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 Midwest 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.

“Holiday weekends are particularly challenging to collect enough blood and platelet donations with fewer blood drives scheduled and fewer donors available,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Region. “But the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion.”

The Midwest Blood Services Region, serving more than 80 hospitals in Nebraska, southwest Iowa and parts of Kansas and Colorado, needs to collect approximately 500 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients.

All presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives, 21 years of age or older, will also be entered into a summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion for a chance to win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida awarded to one lucky donor in September.


Upcoming blood drive opportunities

To make an appointment, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit


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 generally in 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.