Pay Tribute to Veterans by Giving Blood this Veterans Day Weekend

November 9, 2011

The American Red Cross is asking people to roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets this Veterans Day weekend to honor those who have served their country. At the same time, anyone who comes to donate will have the opportunity to sign a card and include a personal message that will become part of the annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. 

The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have joined together for Holiday Mail for Heroes, a program through which people can sign holiday cards for members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, and the Red Cross will sort and deliver them to military installations, veterans medical facilities and other locations during the holidays. 

“By giving blood this Veterans Day weekend, donors can pay tribute to those who serve this country” said Linda Voss, CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region. “These blood drives will give donors the chance to help hospital patients who need blood, and at the same time, write messages of thanks to veterans and members of the military for their service.” 

Veteran’s Day Weekend Blood Drives 

11/11/2011, 7:00 am- 3:00 pm, Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St., Louisville

11/11/2011, 7:00 am- 3:00 pm, East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville

11/11/2011, 7:00 am- 3:00 pm, Stockwell Blood Donation Center, 29 South Stockwell Road, Evansville

11/11/2011, 8:00 am- 2:00 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St., Blmgtn

11/11/2011, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Hardin Memorial Hospital, 913 North Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown

11/11/2011, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Dr., Columbus

11/11/2011, 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm, First Christian Church, 305 East Walnut Street, Salem

11/11/2011, 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 330 N. Hubbards Ln., Louisville

11/12/2011, 7:30 am-11:30 am, St. Mary Academy, 11311 Saint Mary Lane, Prospect

11/12/2011, 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Bloomington Blood Donation Center, 1600 W. 3rd St., Blmgtn

11/12/2011, 8:00 am-12:00 pm, American Legion Post 42, 4530 Paoli Pike, Floyds Knobs

11/12/2011, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm, East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville

11/13/2011, 7:30 am-12:30 pm, St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, 625 Frame Road, Newburgh

11/13/2011, 8:00 am- 1:00 pm, Celestine Community Club, 7742 E. Ellsworth Road, Celestine

11/13/2011, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm, St. Joseph Parish Bardstown, 310 W. Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown

11/13/2011, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, First Christian Church, 3209 Middle Road, Jeffersonville

11/13/2011, 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, St. Thomas More, 6105 South Third Street, Louisville

11/13/2011, 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm, Brownstown Christian Center, 702 West Spring Street, Brownstown

Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses, receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source. 

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

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.