Carve Out a New Tradition this Halloween

October 24, 2011

Give Blood with the American Red Cross


Chocolate blood, peanut butter blood, soy sauce blood – go online and you’ll discover many recipes for fake blood to go with your scary Halloween costume.


But when it comes to the real thing, there is no substitute that covers all the needs of human blood transfusion.  Current blood substitutes are designed only for oxygen carrying capacity.  They have no effect on the ability of blood to clot or prevent hemorrhaging.


Furthermore, blood is a perishable product.  Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days.  They must be replenished constantly.


As you select the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern this Halloween, consider carving out a new tradition and giving blood with the American Red Cross.  Just one blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.


Plus, through mid-December, all those who attempt to donate blood at Red Cross donation centers in St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, and southern Illinois can enter a chance to win two tickets to an upcoming Rams regular season home game.  Drawings will be held two weeks prior to the game.


Text givelife to 90999 to join the Red Cross Blood texting program..  


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation 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 younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at