Community Unites to Give Back and Give Blood During Blood Drive

May 15, 2010

For Cody Eastman of Grand Island, donating blood was a way to give back for the blood products his nine-year-old cousin with leukemia used. To date, Cody has given 19 pints – which is two and a half gallons – of blood. 

On May 19, blood donors like Cody in Grand Island are being encouraged to give a little of themselves and give back during the Grand Island Giving Back Blood Drive. During the six hour blood drive at Grand Island City Hall, the American Red Cross hopes to collect 100 pints of blood.


Grand Island Giving Back Blood Drive

Wednesday, May 19 from noon until 6 p.m.

Grand Island City Hall, 100 E. First St.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit

All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt.


The Red Cross, Grand Island Family Radio and KHAS TV are encouraging the community to make the time to give blood this May to ensure a stable blood supply for patients like Cody’s cousin.Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.

In about an hour, you can make a lifesaving difference in the Grand Island community and beyond by giving blood.

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.



Grand Island City Hall
100 E. First St.
Grand Island, NE
United States
40° 55' 30.018" N, 98° 20' 11.3964" W
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