Mothers Give Life, Give Love, Give Their All

May 7, 2012

Give Back by Donating Blood in Honor or in Memory of Your Mother


Think of the most giving person you know.  Chances are it’s your mother.  Mothers give us life, they give us unconditional love and they give us their all.


This Mother’s Day, the American Red Cross is encouraging you to adopt that giving spirit and donate blood in honor or in memory of your mother.


By giving blood, you are helping to save up to three lives.  That’s sure to make any mother proud.


“Blood donors of all types are needed every day,” said Scott Caswell, CEO, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region.  “A great way to show your love and appreciation is to give a lifesaving blood donation for a hospital patient in honor or in memory of your mother.”


Blood donations are especially important after the Red Cross saw an eight percent decline in blood donations in March of 2012 compared to March 2011.  Spring allergies could be part of the reason.  While a number of factors could be contributing to the decline, blood donors in some parts of the country have indicated that allergies are impacting their ability to donate.


It is difficult to quantify how many, but some donors have expressed uncertainty about whether they are suffering from allergies versus a cold.  While a cold, sinus or respiratory infection could impact someone’s ability to donate blood, allergies alone do not necessarily make a donor ineligible to give.  Donors taking allergy medications are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to ask a Red Cross health professional about their eligibility to give blood.


Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries worldwide and is a time set aside to thank mothers for their selfless care and devotion.  From hugs to help with homework, mothers set a tremendous example of giving for all of us to follow.  Donating blood in honor or in memory of mom is a meaningful way to acknowledge her example of care and concern for others.



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