Tri-City Blood Drive Offers Residents a Chance to Make a Difference

May 4, 2010

For the seventh year, the American Red Cross and NTV are teaming up to inspire residents in the Tri-Cities to make a difference in the lives of patients in these communities and throughout the nation by donating blood during the annual Tri-City Blood Drive.

Pam Martin is just one of many patients whose lives have been touched by the generosity of blood donors. Pam, who lives near Hastings and works in Grand Island, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. Throughout her treatment, she has received numerous blood and platelet transfusions. With the help of a community of dedicated blood donors, Pam has been able to continue treatments and is in remission.

NTV is asking the community to make the time to give blood this May to ensure a stable blood supply for patients like Pam as summer approaches.Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.


Seventh Annual Tri-City Blood Drive
Monday, May 10, 2010 from Noon to 6 p.m.
Kearney YMCA: 4700 6th Ave.
Grand Island YMCA: 221 E. S. Front St.
Hastings YMCA: 1430 W. 16th St.
1-800-GIVE-LIFE or
All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt.


“For the past six years, Tri-Cities residents have made the annual NTV blood drive a lifesaving tradition,” said Tricia Rubens, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services region. “The support of the community is vital to our cause of saving lives.”

Blood donors needed: NTV is counting on Tri-City area residents help to collect 130 pints of blood for patients in need on May 10 at the YMCAs in Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney. While all blood types are needed, the Red Cross is especially looking for type O negative blood donations.

  • Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

Volunteers needed: The American Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to assist with the NTV blood drives. Volunteers may help serve refreshments, register donors and escort donors during the blood drive.

  • To volunteer in Kearney, please contact Rhonda at 1-877-295-6720
  • To volunteer in Grand Island or Hastings, please contact Julie at 1-877-218-4318


How to Donate Blood
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 or 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.



Kearney YMCA
4700 6th Ave.
Kearney, NE
United States
40° 43' 12.414" N, 99° 5' 28.1616" W
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