Recovery 2011 Blood Drive Sponsors Recognized by the American Red Cross

March 25, 2011

With more than 30,000 blood donations canceled because of severe winter weather across the country during January and part of February, the American Red Cross set out to recover those donations through the support of committed volunteer blood drive hosts and blood donors. The recovery period concluded March 5, and it is with great appreciation that the Red Cross recognized the following hosting organizations for their exceptional efforts in a USA Today advertisement on Thursday, March 17.

East Union High School, Afton
Atlantic High School, Atlantic
Cass County Memorial Hospital, Atlantic
Clarinda Academy, Clarinda
Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda
Tri Parishes Holy Family, Our Lady of Carter Lake & Queen of Apostles, Council Bluffs
Greenfield Community, Greenfield
Harlan CDS Global, Harlan
Harlan High School, Harlan
Irwin Community, Irwin
Missouri Valley Community, Missouri Valley
Tri-Center High School, Neola
Shenandoah Community, Shenandoah
Sidney High School, Sidney
Axtell Community
First Lutheran Church of Fremont, Arlington
Auburn Community
Axtell Community
Beatrice Community
Bellevue University, Bellevue
Bertrand Community
Clearwater Community
Prairie Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, Columbus
Central Community College, Columbus
Columbus Dialysis Center, Columbus
NPPD Columbus, Columbus
Scotus High School, Columbus
Doniphan Knights of Columbus, Doniphan
Pope John XXIII Central Catholic, Elgin
Elwood Community
Exeter Community
Gothenburg High School, Gothenburg
Heartland Lutheran High School, Grand Island
Hornady Manufacturing, Grand Island
Northwest High School, Grand Island
St. Patrick Catholic Church, Gretna
Hastings College, Hastings
St. Cecilia High School, Hastings
Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney
Kearney Community
HealthSource East Lincoln, Lincoln
Madison Community
McCook Community
McCool Junction Community
Monroe Community
North Bend Community
AAA Headquarters, Omaha
Alegent Health IT Department, Omaha
American Red Cross Employee Activity Committee, Omaha
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Omaha
Creighton Medical School, Omaha
Duchesne Academy, Omaha
First National Bank-downtown, Omaha
Greek Orthodox Church, Omaha
Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, Omaha
Kiewit Construction Omaha, Omaha
Midwest Surgical Hospital, Omaha
North High School, Omaha
North Park Building 2717, Omaha
OPPD North Omaha Station, Omaha
Roncalli High School, Omaha
SilverStone Group, Omaha
St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, Omaha
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Omaha
UNO Honors Program, Omaha
Zurich IPG, Omaha
Papillion-LaVista South High School, Papillion
Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, Papillion
Peru State College, Peru
Plattsmouth High School, Plattsmouth
Springfield Community
Thedford High School, Thedford
3M, Valley
Wahoo Community
West Point Community
Wilber Community
Wilcox Community
York General Hospital, York
York Community

Thanks to these organizations and those who donated at the drives, as well as many other blood drive hosts and donors, the blood supply is currently sufficient. But the need for blood is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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

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.