Warm Someone’s Heart this Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2012

Donate Blood with the Red Cross


Want to warm someone’s heart this Valentine’s Day?  A box of chocolates might do it.  A bouquet of flowers might do it.  How about a blood donation with the American Red Cross?  Now, that’s guaranteed to warm someone’s heart.


You don’t need cupid’s arrow to become a lifesaver this Valentine’s Day.  All you need is an hour of free time and the desire to help save lives.  When you donate blood, you give from the heart.


Your donation could help keep someone’s heart beating.  Whether it’s an accident victim, someone battling cancer or a premature baby, you can make a lifesaving difference by giving blood.


What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to give blood, double red cells or platelets to someone in need?  So forget the chocolates and flowers.  Have a heart, give blood.


The American Red Cross is reporting lower donations than expected since the start of 2012.  O blood types are particularly low, but all blood types are needed. 



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 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 or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.