Volunteers Needed for Harrisonville Blood Drive

June 30, 2011

Harrisonville, MO — June 30, 2011 The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Harrisonville EMS facility at 903 S. Commercial in Harrisonville, MO, on July 14 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The problem is, the Red Cross needs more community volunteers to make this drive happen, and meet the needs of hospital patients across the state.


“We depend on volunteers to help in so many ways at a blood drive,” said Denise Rose, donor recruitment representative. “I would love it, if I could find a community group or church group to commit to help with one drive each year. Individual volunteers are welcome too!”


Many Red Cross volunteers call the volunteer experience a rewarding way to take part in the efforts to save lives through blood collections.


Volunteer Roles: Volunteers are needed to help Red Cross staff set up the drive and tear down after a drive. Volunteers are needed at registration to check in donors as they arrive to give blood. Volunteers are needed to serve as escorts to take donors to the refreshment area after they give blood. Volunteers are needed to work in the refreshment area serving drinks and snacks to donors after they give. And, volunteers are also needed to help recruit donors for the blood drive.


If you would like to volunteer at the upcoming Harrisonville Blood Drive or future drives, please contact Rose at 816-809-8125 as soon as possible. Blood donors are also needed. Now is the time to make your appointment!


How to Donate Blood: Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 in Kansas 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 redcross.org.


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