Tradition continues with 10th Annual NTV Blood Drive

April 16, 2013
AXTELL, Neb. – NTV is once again championing the need for blood and asking residents of Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney to come together to help save lives on May 6.
Over the past nine years, blood donors from across the area have given more than 1,550 pints at the annual NTV Tri-City Blood Drives. This year, the American Red Cross and NTV hope the community will add another 155 lifesaving pints to that total. And, to celebrate the drive’s 10th anniversary, all presenting donors will receive a Red Cross water bottle.

“When we began this blood drive with the Red Cross 10 years ago, we knew the need for blood was great,” said Matt Weesner, NTV News Director. “The cause became even more important to us as we saw the need firsthand when NTV Chief  Forecaster Kent Boughton needed blood following his accident a few years ago. We hope you will join us and be part of this lifesaving tradition on May 6.”

10th Annual NTV Tri-City Blood Drive
Monday, May 6 from 12 to 6 p.m.
YMCA, 1430 W. 16th St., Hastings
YMCA, 221 E. S. Front St., Grand Island
YMCA, 4700 6th Ave., Kearney
To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code NTV10. Appointments are encouraged to avoid wait times, but walk-ins are welcome.
Blood collected at the NTV Tri-City 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
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 join our blog at