Blood Donations are a Hit!

October 22, 2008

Louisville, Ky. – Platelet donors will hit a homerun for those needing life-saving platelet donations this fall and winter. All presenting platelet donors at local American Red Cross donation centers from now until Dec. 14, 2008 will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a certificate for a personalized Louisville Slugger, the official bat of Major League Baseball.

Since the 1900s, baseball has been considered America’s official pastime. Now, the American Red Cross and Hillerich & Bradsby, the makers of the Louisville Slugger, are asking all eligible platelet donors to begin another tradition by donating their life-saving platelets now.

Platelets are vital for the treatment of many patients, particularly cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. And the demand for platelets outweighs the supply. With a shelf life of only five days, they are in constant demand. The Red Cross relies on volunteer platelet donors to help ensure our area’s patient needs are always met.

"Your platelets can make a real difference in the lives of patients in your own community," said Yenshen Hsueh, M.D. and CEO of the local Blood Services Region of the Red Cross.

Louisville, Ky. donation centers:

  • 520 E. Chestnut Street
    Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • 291 N. Hubbards Lane
    Monday and Thursday: Noon to 5 p.m.
    Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Friday: 7 a.m. – Noon

Evansville, Ind. donation centers:

  • 2546 Locust Creek Drive
    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. - Noon
  • 29 S. Stockwell Road
    Donation Hours:
    Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. - Noon

Elizabethtown, Ky. donation center and hours:

  • 403 West Dixie Highway
    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    Saturday: 1 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit 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. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.

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. 


Louisville, KY
United States
38° 15' 15.2568" N, 85° 45' 33.8652" W
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