Fox 23/My 49 and American Red Cross Help Save Lives with Blood Drive

July 30, 2012

Over 30 Donors Give the Gift of Life


Fox 23/ My 49 and the American Red Cross partnered to help save lives on Friday, July 27, in Cape Girardeau, and collected 31 units of blood, exceeding the drive’s goal.


Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, more than 90 lives could be positively impacted by the generosity of the area blood donors.


The support from Fox 23/My 49 and the local blood donors comes at a critical time for the Red Cross.  The Red Cross blood supply has reached emergency levels with Red Cross donations at their lowest point in 15 years. This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.


The Red Cross thanks everyone who attended the blood drive on July 27, and is grateful for the support of the sponsors and the Cape Girardeau community. 


Anyone who was unable to donate on July 27 can find more opportunities at Red Cross blood drives in their area by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment today. 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 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19.


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 or join our blog at