Tri-Cities host Holiday Blood Drives on Dec. 30

December 13, 2011

This holiday season, give the gift that money can’t buy. When you donate blood with the American Red Cross, you give the perfect gift - another hug, another laugh, another smile, another chance - to someone in need of blood. And unlike the latest fashion trend, video game or golf club, the perfect gift costs nothing but an hour of your time.

Make an appointment and encourage your friends and family to give one last gift this holiday season.

Holiday Blood Drives

Friday, December 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fort Kearney Chapter – 520 W. 48th St. Kearney, NE 68847
Friday, December 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Central Plains Chapter – 404 E 3rd St., Grand Island, NE 68801
Friday, December 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hastings Family YMCA – 1430 W. 16th St, Hastings, NE 68901

Visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment today.

All presenting donors at the Holiday Blood Drives will receive a free t-shirt, enjoy special refreshments and will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card.

To show thanks for those who give blood or platelets during the month of December, a financial contribution will be made in their honor to the American Red Cross Gifts that Save the Day program. Gifts to this program provide comfort items such as blankets or emergency shelter for neighbors in need. Learn more at

The need for blood is constant and doesn’t pause for the holidays. Inclement weather, seasonal illnesses and holiday plans can impact a donor’s availability in the winter, often times reducing blood and platelet supplies for patients in need. Currently, blood products are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

Give the gift of life on December 30 in Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney and help unwrap a lifetime of memories for patients in need.  


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

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.