Give Blood in Honor of All Who Died in Military Service

May 25, 2012

Memorial Day is May 28 – Donate Blood with the American Red Cross


Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, commemorates all men and women who died in military service for the United States.  These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 


One way to honor their service is to donate blood and help save lives.  Approximately every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and 44,000 units of blood are needed every day.  Are you willing to sacrifice an hour of your time and about one pint of blood to help save up to three lives?


Visit a Red Cross blood drive between now and July 31 and you’ll be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of The Gibson Foundation.  The Red Cross will award multiple guitars and 50,000 guitar picks, co-branded with the Gibson and Red Cross logos, during this campaign.  In addition, you’ll receive a rock and roll themed t-shirt.


As a special incentive for our young donors, anyone aged 16-21 can enter to win a $5,000 scholarship!


By donating blood with the American Red Cross this Memorial Day, you are performing an important community service.  In the Missouri-Illinois region, roughly 800 donors are needed each day to meet the needs of hospital patients.


Honor the men and women who died in military service this Memorial Day by giving blood at a Red Cross donor center or blood drive.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or join our blog at