Holiday Hero Blood Drive Celebrates 15th Anniversary

June 30, 2010

Three days of fun and blood donations at Churchill Downs will help replenish the post-holiday blood supply

Churchill DownsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 29, 2010) – The need for blood is constant, but donations tend to decline in the summer months particularly around holidays like Independence Day. That's why the Holiday Hero Blood Drive was established, and this year donors and the American Red Cross will celebrate the 15-year-old tradition of replenishing the post-holiday blood supply.

The 15th Annual Holiday Hero Blood Drive at Churchill Downs will be held Tuesday, July 6 through July 8 at the Paddock Pavilion from noon to 7:00 p.m. each day.

All presenting donors will receive automatic entry for a chance to win a 2010 Ford Focus or one of two $500 gift cards. And as part of the 15th anniversary celebration, all presenting donors will also receive a free pint of Louisville owned and operated Graeter's Ice Cream, enjoy a free sampling of selected Graeter's flavors while supplies last, receive a free one-day pass to Kings Island, enter for a chance to win a box of six seats for one race day at Churchill Downs and enjoy a delicious Stoker's Broaster chicken dinner. Free childcare will also be available during the blood drive for those who want to make giving blood a family tradition.

Holiday Hero Blood Drive at Churchill Downs

July 6, 7, 8, 2010
Noon to 7 p.m. each day
Churchill Downs, Paddock Pavilion

**Please note: Churchill officials ask donors to park in the large lot just off Central Ave.
and enter the Paddock Pavilion through Gate 14.

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors with type O negative blood and other Rh negative blood types are especially encouraged to schedule appointments to help boost the post-holiday blood supply. Double-red cell donation opportunities are available at the Holiday Hero Blood Drive at Churchill Downs. Type O negative blood donors who meet the eligibility requirements can consider doubling the difference they make with a double red cell donation!

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Holiday Hero Blood Drive at Churchill Downs, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit

How to Donate Blood

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

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.