12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive makes vital contribution to patient care during the holidays

December 25, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Almost 1,375 patients may benefit from the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region’s longest one-day holiday blood drive.

When many donors travel to be with family and are busy with holiday activities, 439 generous volunteers presented to donate blood at the 12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive held at the Prom Center in Oakdale on Dec. 23

“This was the inaugural 12 Hours of Giving Holiday Blood Drive and we are thankful to all the donors who took time out of their busy schedules to donate,” said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO, Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. “Because this new holiday blood drive proved to be a success, we are looking forward to it becoming a new annual holiday tradition for donors.  Together we can help spread hope each holiday season by giving something that doesn’t cost a thing, but can offer so much more.”

Each and every day, patients throughout Minnesota, and across the country, rely on volunteer blood donors when receiving healthcare. Cancer patients, accident victims, those undergoing surgery or have chronic illness may need blood.

Giving blood is a selfless act. The hour it takes to give the gift of life can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical need.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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