Give one last gift on Dec. 27 at North Platte Jaycees Mistletoe Magic Blood Drive

December 20, 2013
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. –The North Platte Jaycees are hoping the North Platte community is still in the giving spirit on Dec. 27. The Jaycees are teaming up with the American Red Cross for the second year to host a special holiday Mistletoe Magic Blood Drive and are asking the community to give one last gift this holiday season – the gift of life.
Historically, during the months of November, December and January, fewer donors take time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and travel plans. Yet patients don’t get to take a holiday from needing blood.
“The holidays are a magical time of year for many. But for patients facing a serious illness, the holiday may be less hopeful,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Blood Services Region. “We invite the North Platte community to give someone hope by giving the generous gift of a blood donation. The only cost is about an hour of time, but, to a hospital patient in need, time is everything.”
North Platte Jaycees Mistletoe Magic Blood Drive
Friday, Dec. 27 from noon to 6 p.m.
McKinley Center, 301 W. F St., North Platte
To make an appointment, call Amanda at 308-660-6709 or visit
As a special thank you, all those who present to donate blood will receive a commemorative long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt and a coffee gift pack, courtesy of Da Buzz and the Red Cross, while supplies last.
All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O negative, A negative or B negative blood. Hospital patients in Nebraska and across the country may benefit from people who make the time to give blood at the Mistletoe Magic Blood Drive on Dec. 27.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 consent 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.