Woman from Bland, MO, Goes Home With the King after Donating Blood

July 27, 2012

Kim Meyer Wins Elvis Cut-Out at Red Cross Blood Drive


The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to rock and roll up their sleeves this summer to help patients in need, and among the many who have answered that call is Kim Meyer of Bland, MO.  For her efforts, Meyer not only receives the gratification of knowing her donation can help save lives, but she also got to take home the King, Elvis Presley!


At six select Red Cross blood drives in mid-Missouri this summer, presenting donors were registered to win a life-size cutout of Elvis Presley, courtesy of Nostalgaville USA in Kingdom City.  Meyer was named the winner following her donation at RR Donnelly in Owensville on June 7. 


The Red Cross thanks Meyer and all presenting donors who have visited blood drives this summer, or have plans to in the weeks ahead.  Those blood donations come at a crucial time, as blood donations through the Red Cross are at their lowest point in 15 years.  The Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood and is asking for eligible blood donors of all blood types to help keep blood supplies stable.


If you’re interested in helping save lives through your blood donations, you can make an appointment to donate at one of the below drives by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.  You can also call or visit the Red Cross online to find other blood drives near you and more information about donating.


Tuesday, Aug. 14, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., St. George Parish, 128 W. Fourth Street, Hermann, MO

Monday, Sept. 10, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Holy Rosary Church, 405 S. Main Street, Monroe City, MO

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., VFW Hall, 100 Gaslight Road, Vandalia, MO

Friday, Sept. 14, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. RR Donnelly, 1005 Commercial Drive, Owensville, MO

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  First Baptist Church, 106 N. Main St., Paris, MO

Thursday, Oct. 11, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 404 S. First Street, Owensville, MO


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