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

June 28, 2012

With the extended 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. This year’s mid-week Independence Day holiday has reduced the number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives. Many sponsors, especially businesses, are unable to host drives because employees are taking extended vacations.

“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 the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “Blood and platelet donors are needed now to help avoid a shortage, especially leading up to and after the Independence Day holiday.”

The American Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to the 17th Annual Churchill Downs blood drive.


17th Annual Churchill Downs Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 10, Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12, 2012

Noon to 7 p.m.

Churchill Downs

Paddock Pavilion

700 Central Avenue

Louisville, Ky. 40208


The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

Schedule an appointment today to donate blood at the 17th 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.  Free childcare will also be available during the blood drive for those who wish to make giving blood a family tradition. All presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives through September 5, 2012, will also be entered into a summer-long Live Life. Give Life. promotion for a chance to win a prize certificate package worth $5,000 redeemable at


How to Donate Blood

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 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 approximately 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