North Platte Rotary blood drive celebrates 10th year of helping patients

March 28, 2013
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – The North Platte Rotary Bloodhounds are on the loose again! They are on the hunt for at least 150 blood donors to join them for the 10th Annual Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive on April 17 and 18.
The North Platte Rotary Club has helped boost the blood supply by collecting nearly 1,200 pints during the Bloodhounds blood drives the past nine years. This year, the Bloodhounds are on the prowl again sniffing out new and returning blood donors to continue their lifesaving tradition. And, to celebrate the drive’s 10th anniversary, all presenting donors will receive a commemorative Bloodhounds blood drive T-shirt.
“By hosting this annual blood drive, the North Platte Rotary Club lives up to its commitment to service above self,” said  Tricia Quinn, CEO of the  local blood services region. “Down the street and across the country, there are patients in need of lifesaving blood and this is one way the community can help ensure that it’s available for them.”
10th Annual Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive
Wednesday, April 17 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McKinley Education Center, 301 W. F St., North Platte, Neb.
Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or
Appointments are encouraged to avoid wait times, but walk-ins are welcome.
Blood collected at the North Platte Rotary Bloodhounds Blood Drive may be used for trauma victims – due to accidents and burns – heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies, patients with complications during childbirth, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.
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 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
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