Give the Gift of Life During Annual Blood Drive Campaign

January 25, 2013

January 25, 2013 – For the ninth year in a row, the American Red Cross, NECN and Comcast have joined together to help patients in need by increasing the blood supply and raising awareness about the ongoing need for blood donors.  

On Thursday, January 31, the Red Cross is hosting blood drives across New England to help collect blood for patients in need.  NECN Chief Meteorologist Matt Noyes will broadcast live throughout the day beginning at 6:45 a.m.  During the telecast, Noyes will interview Red Cross officials and blood donors in an effort to increase awareness for the need and to collect 2013 units of blood that day.  
The “Celebrate the Gift of Life” blood drive campaign runs throughout the winter months when blood supplies are often low due to severe weather and flu season.  Patients in area hospitals need blood every day, and just one pint of blood from a donor can help save up to three lives.  With the “Celebrate the Gift of Life” campaign, the Red Cross is better able to keep blood on hospital shelves so it is available when it is most needed.  Additionally, Comcast held blood drives for its employees at office locations throughout New England this winter.  
All presenting blood donors who come out to donate during the month of January will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.  To make an appointment to donate blood at a “Celebrate the Gift of Life” blood drive on January 31 please call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or log onto
*Prizes are non-transferrable and not redeemable for cash. 
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 or join our blog at