Luck of the Irish Can’t Replenish the Blood Supply

February 20, 2012

Patients in need of transfusions can’t rely on the luck of the Irish to replenish the blood supply. Each day an average of 44,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in the United States and that blood can only come from generous volunteer donors.

The American Red Cross invites all eligible blood donors to don their green and help us kick off national Red Cross Month at the annual St. Patrick’s blood drive.

21st Annual St. Patrick’s Blood Drive

Thursday, March 1, 2011

Noon to 7 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

830 Phillips Lane

Louisville, KY 40209


All presenting donors will be treated to their choice of Irish stew or potato soup.

For a patient in need, a transfusion can be more welcome than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Bring some luck into the lives others. Schedule your appointment today to donate blood at the St. Patrick’s blood drive.

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.