Mineral Area College and J98/KREI/KJFF host annual American Red Cross blood drive

March 13, 2013

Help save lives on March 27


PARK HILLS, Mo. (Mar. 13, 2013) –  The Mineral Area College Student Nurses Association, the American Red Cross and radio stations J-98/KREI/KJFF will team up for the annual Mineral Area College Blood Drive on March 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bob Sechrest Field House on the college campus in Park Hills.        

The Red Cross hopes to collect 300 pints of blood during the eight hour drive. Because each donation could help save up to three lives, 900 lives could potentially be saved with the help of donors at Mineral Area College.

Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, and be entered into a drawing for St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets, courtesy of Keith Hudson and First State Community Bank.

“The Red Cross is proud to once again partner with Mineral Area College,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The college students, staff, nursing students, and the surrounding community have been tremendous in the past, and we anticipate another successful blood drive. The Red Cross aims to help save as many lives as possible through volunteer blood donations, and the Mineral Area College blood drive will surely help us.”

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient supply, especially O negative, A negative and B negative. Blood donated at the Mineral Area College Blood Drive may help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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.