The Wearing of the Green and the Giving of the Red

March 12, 2012

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Red Cross Blood Donation


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the wearing of the green and the giving of the red – blood.


Donating blood only takes about an hour and afterward you can treat yourself to a well deserved corned beef and cabbage feast.


It takes more than the luck of the Irish to maintain an adequate blood supply.  Every day, around 44,000 units of red blood cells are needed for hospital patients in the United States.  Blood is needed for traumas, heart surgeries, joint replacements, organ transplants, premature babies, leukemia and cancer treatments, and much more.


“Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or just another Tuesday, blood donations are needed to help save lives,” said Scott Caswell, CEO, Missouri-Illinois Region.  “The shamrock has three leaves.  That’s the number of people you can help save with just one blood donation.”


You can help keep those Irish eyes smiling by donating blood with the Red Cross.


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