Blood Donors Help Spark the Blood Supply at the Annual Churchill Downs Blood Drive

June 30, 2011

With the long Independence Day holiday weekend approaching, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment within the next few days to help reverse a declining blood supply.

“The blood supply is in decline as many of our regular donors take vacations or are busy with family visits, celebrations and holiday activities,” said Linda Voss CEO of River Valley Blood Services region. “Blood and platelet donors are needed now to avoid a shortage, especially leading up to and after the Independence Day holiday.”

All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, B negative and A negative blood, and platelet donors. Rh negative blood types are always in high demand, because they potentially can be transfused to patients with Rh positive or Rh negative blood types. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Platelets have a shelf life of just five days making the need for regular donations that much more critical.

The American Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to join us for the 16th Annual Churchill Downs blood drive.

16th Annual Churchill Downs Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 5, Wednesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 7, 2011

Noon to 7 p.m.

Churchill Downs - Paddock Pavilion

700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Ky. 40208

Schedule your appointment today to donate blood at the 16th Annual Churchill Downs blood drive. All presenting donors will be treated to one admission pass to Kings Island amusement park, Stoker’s broaster chicken and Graeter’s ice cream ‘Pint for a Pint’ coupons.  All presenting donors (ages 21 and older) at Red Cross blood drives through September 7, 2011, will also be entered into a summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion for a chance to win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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

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.