Celebrate World Red Cross Day by Supporting Your Local Red Cross

April 26, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ind. — For 130 years, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in need, every day, in communities large and small across the United States. May 8 is World Red Cross Day, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to celebrate early by donating blood at the 4th Annual Columbus Donorama Blood Drive. 

4th Annual Columbus Donorama Blood Drive

Friday, May 3, 2013

10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

The Commons

318 Washington Street

Columbus, Ind. 47201

All presenting donors will be treated to a coupon for a lunch special and a $5.00 gift card from  Puccini’s Smiling Teeth downtown area restaurant and a free scoop of vanilla ice cream from Zaharakos.

“The Red Cross relies on its volunteer blood donors to keep the nation’s blood supply stable,” said Linda Voss, CEO of the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “Every day, more than 44,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.”

The Red Cross is the only blood collection agency that offers health and safety training, serves as the vital emergency communication link between military personnel and their families at home, teaches disaster preparedness, and responds to disasters of all types and sizes. Join the Red Cross family and donate blood at the Columbus Donorama Blood Drive!

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.