Roll Up Your Sleeve to Give Blood and Show Your Support for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (Louisville!)

October 22, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(October 22, 2010) – While thousands of volunteers roll up their sleeves to build the Lampe family a new house in one week, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Elite Homes, Inc., and the American Red Cross are also encouraging the community to roll up their sleeves for another good cause and give blood or platelets.

“The lives of the Lampe family changed forever today when they found out they were selected to have their house radically changed by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team,” said Linda Voss, CEO of the local Red Cross Blood Services Region. “Now communities across the region can also change patients’ lives – and help save them – by donating blood or platelets. We’re honored to be part of this remarkable event.”

The following is a list of blood drives near the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build site: 

  • Sunday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, October 25, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 26, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 27, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 28, from noon to 6 p.m.

Each of these drives will be on the American Red Cross Blood Donation Bus in the Kmart parking lot, 191 Outer Loop, Louisville, Ky. 40214. All presenting donors at the blood drives listed above will receive a special American Red Cross Extreme Makeover: Home Edition t-shirt.

Spectators are welcome at the build site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 27, and from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 28. There is no on-site parking. Spectators are encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle service based at the Kmart parking lot, 191 Outer Loop, Louisville. Whether you’re planning to visit the build site or not, you can show your support of the Lampe family, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Elite Homes by donating blood or platelets in their honor through the Red Cross,” said Voss.

Many Red Cross blood drives occur every day throughout the region at donation centers, businesses, churches, schools and community organizations. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to find a blood drive near you, make an appointment to donate and show your support!

Media inquiries about Red Cross blood drives should be directed to: Karen Stecher (309) 636-4422.

How to Donate Blood

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 good general 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.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now in its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

About Elite Homes

Elite Homes, Inc., founded in 1976, is a prominent home building company in the Louisville, Ky. area, designing and building or remodeling 40 -75 custom homes a year ranging in price from $250,000 to over $1,000,000. Elite Homes is currently developing eight subdivisions in the Greater Louisville area. Elite Homes, Inc., has been the recipient of numerous awards on both national and local levels in the home building industry. Joe Pusateri, president and owner of Elite Homes, Inc., is committed to and passionate about the community in which he lives as evidenced by his many civic awards earned for public service.


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