Luck of the Irish Can’t Replenish the Blood Supply

February 26, 2013

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 at the annual St. Patrick’s blood drive. All presenting donors will be treated to their choice of Irish stew or potato soup and be entered to win one of three $25 gift certificates to the Irish Rover restaurant.  Additionally, members of the Louisville Pipe Band will kick-off the event with traditional bagpipe tunes.

22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Blood Drive

Monday, March 4, 2013

Noon to 7 p.m.

Crowne Plaza

830 Phillips Lane

Louisville, KY 40209

 “You never know who might need blood. It could be a member of your family, a friend or even yourself. Each time I give, it may help save more than one life. That’s definitely worth just an hour of my time,” said third generation blood donor, Emily Callaway. 

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 of others. Schedule an 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. 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 or join our blog at