Communities Unite to Give Back and Give Blood During Blood Drives

September 28, 2011

HASTINGS, Neb. – On September 30, blood donors in Hastings and Grand Island are being encouraged to give a little of themselves and give back during special Giving Back blood drives in both communities.

The American Red Cross and KHAS TV are encouraging the community to make the time to give blood this September to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in Grand Island, Hastings and beyond. Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.

Recently Red Cross blood collections have been significantly disrupted by flooding, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and severe weather in many areas of the country. The Red Cross critically needs more donations and is urging people who can give to do so now.

Giving Back Blood Drives

Friday, Sept. 30 from noon to 6 p.m.
Grand Island YMCA
221 East South Front St., Grand Island
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2676) or visit to make an appt.
All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt.
Friday, Sept. 30 from noon to 6 p.m.
Hastings YMCA
1430 W. 16th St., Hastings
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2676) or visit to make an appt.
All presenting donors will receive a free t-shirt.

Unite. Give back.  Give blood.  In the hour it takes to volunteer to donate blood, you can help save the lives of patients in our community and across the country. The more you share, the more you get back. Give blood.

How to Donate Blood

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 or 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.