B97.9 American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive Helps Save Lives

September 4, 2012

Blood Drive a Big Help During Holiday Weekend


The American Red Cross and New Country B97.9 partnered to help save lives with a blood drive at the Miner Convention Center in Miner, MO, on Friday, Aug. 31.


The drive collected 13 units of blood, and was scheduled just before the Labor Day holiday weekend, a period during which blood donations typically drop.  Because each blood donation could help save up to three lives, nearly 40 patients could benefit from the generosity of area donors.


The Red Cross is grateful to B97.9 and the presenting donors who helped save lives.  Their donations come at a critical time, as the Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood following a June that saw donations nationwide down more than 10 percent.  While donations have rebounded since then, the emergency call for blood remains.


Anyone who was unable to donate blood with the Red Cross and B97.9 on Friday can find more blood drives in their area by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.