ABC's "The Bachelor" Partners with the American Red Cross to Raise Awareness about the Importance of Blood Donations during National Blood Donor Month

January 5, 2011

In conjunction with the new season of ABC's "The Bachelor," the American Red Cross is joining forces with the show to remind everyone about the importance of donating blood.

This season's Bachelor, Brad Womack, along with several former Bachelors and Bachelorettes will be visiting select blood drives in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago during the month of January, National Blood Donor Month. The talent will be on site to thank blood donors for their generosity and to encourage individuals to donate blood through the American Red Cross to help save lives.

The initiative will run throughout the month of January. ABC's "The Bachelor" premiered on January 3 and the episode featuring blood donations will air on Monday, January 10, at 8:00 pm ET.

"I'm a proud blood donor myself," said Womack. "Working with the Red Cross on this lifesaving initiative provides me with the opportunity to talk about the vital need for blood donations, especially during the winter months. Giving blood is easy to do and helps save lives."

"This partnership with ABC's 'The Bachelor' offers the Red Cross a unique opportunity to engage blood donors," said Stephanie Millian, spokesperson for the American Red Cross. "Patients undergoing treatment for various illnesses and injuries depend on blood being available when they need it and ‘The Bachelor' is helping to raise awareness of this need."

Anyone interested in donating blood should call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.


About "The Bachelor"

In the hit primetime reality series The Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. The single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a bevy of beautiful bachelorettes, gradually narrowing the field to the one woman to whom he may propose marriage in the dramatic season finale. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.