Give something that means something this holiday season

November 26, 2012

During the 2012 holiday season, the American Red Cross asks everyone to support its mission by giving something meaningful -- giving hope to those in need.

Something meaningful like a blood donation is a gift that doesn’t cost a thing but can give joy and hope to a hospital patient in need. Every day, regardless of the date on the calendar, the Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood for patients. The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday by making an appointment to donate.

“Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for those in need,” said Linda Voss, CEO of the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful this holiday season. Please add making a blood donation to your holiday to-do list.”

Discover the true meaning of giving this holiday season by donating blood. All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.

Upcoming Holiday Blood Drives


  • December 17, 2012, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, House of Prayer, 230 North Fifth Street, Albion, Ill. 62806
  • December 26, 2012, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, First Christian Church, 504 Bohleber Drive, Carmi, Ill. 62821


  • December 16, 2012, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm, First Christian Church, 3209 Middle Road, Jeffersonville, Ind. 47130
  • December 18, 2012, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Moose Lodge 765, 1340 Michigan Road, Madison, Ind. 47250
  • December 18, 2012, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Moose Lodge 1175, 2507 Newton Street, Jasper, Ind. 47546
  • December 18, 2012, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Corydon Presbyterian Church, 568 West Highway 62, Corydon, Ind. 47112
  • December 19, 2012, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, American Legion Hall, 425 South Main Street, Ferdinand, Ind. 47523
  • December 20, 2012, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, New Albany/Floyd County Library, 180 West Spring Street, New Albany, Ind. 47150
  • December 27, 2012, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Good Samaritan Hospital, 520 South Seventh Street, Vincennes, Ind. 47591
  • December 28, 2012, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, Daviess Community Hospital, 1314 East Walnut, Washington, Ind. 47501


  • December 8, 2012, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Shepherdsville First Church of the Nazarene, 244 North Maple Street, Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165
  • December 11, 2012, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Immanuel Baptist Temple, 540 Second Street, Henderson, Ky. 42420
  • December 11, 2012, 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, New Castle Church, 260 South Main Street, New Castle, Ky. 40050
  • December 12, 2012, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Beechland Baptist Church, 4613 Greenwood Road, Louisville, Ky. 40258
  • December 17, 2012, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, Kentucky National Guard, 410 Clavary, Glasgow, Ky. 42141
  • December 17, 2012, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2300 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, Ky. 40205
  • December 18, 2012, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, VFW Post 11404, 770 By-Pass Road, Brandenburg, Ky. 40108
  • December 19, 2012, 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Best Western General Nelson Inn, 411 Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, Ky. 40004
  • December 19, 2012, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Epworth United Methodist Church, 919 Palatka Road, Louisville, Ky. 40214

All presenting donors will receive a complimentary long sleeve t-shirt and a meal.  Additionally, all presenting donors in the River Valley Region, between November 21 and December 31, 2012, will earn a chance to win one $1,000 Visa gift card or one of three $200 Visa gift cards.

The Red Cross depends on donations of time, money and blood to provide hope, help and compassion every day. During the holidays and throughout the year, the Red Cross is hard at work in the community, whether collecting blood, providing disaster services, conducting health and safety training or connecting a member of the armed forces to home in times of need. The 2012 American Red Cross Holiday Giving Campaign runs through the end of the year. People can support Red Cross services by making a financial donation, giving blood, or signing a holiday card for a member of the Armed Forces, through the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Visit to learn more.


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 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 or join our blog at

About our Holiday Partners
During this holiday season, the American Red Cross is grateful for the support of our corporate partners that generously contribute to our Holiday Giving Campaign. They include:  University of Phoenix, Circle K West Coast Division, and the Community Safety Foundation, funded by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Insurance Exchange. Thanks to the generosity of these and other sponsors, the Red Cross is able to carry out its mission of helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies everyday here and around the world. Each holiday season, the Red Cross gives everyone the chance to support our work by giving blood, signing a card for military heroes or buying a gift through our holiday catalog. To support the Red Cross this Holiday Season, visit