Veterans Day Honors All Who Served

November 7, 2011

Do Your Part for Your Community by Giving Blood


Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, is a day to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. 


Do you know a veteran?  Take time to say thank you for his or her service to our country and the sacrifices made performing this heroic duty.


Think about performing a heroic duty of your own by giving blood with the American Red Cross.  While it only takes 8-10 minutes for the actual blood donation, it is a valuable community service.


Just one blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.  It might help your next door neighbor or a relative across the country, wherever there is a need.


All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply, especially type O negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.


Adopt the spirit of a military veteran, who made great sacrifices to help an entire country.  Give a lifesaving blood donation this Veterans Day.



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 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