Santa Claus Gives the Perfect Gift

December 19, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 19, 2011) – Santa Claus will be very busy over the next few days. But as soon as his busy holiday is over, he will still have one last gift to deliver. Santa will donate whole blood at the American Red Cross to help announce the 34th Annual Donorama!

WHAT:         Santa Claus gives the perfect gift by donating blood

WHO:           Santa Claus

                       Colonel Sanders

                       American Red Cross staff

WHEN:         Tuesday, December 27 at 9:30am

WHERE:      American Red Cross Blood Donation Center in downtown Louisville

                       520 E. Chestnut Street

                       Louisville, Ky.

The 34th Annual Louisville Donorama blood drive will be held Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29 from noon to 7 p.m. each day at the Crowne Plaza, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here to schedule your appointment today!

As an official sponsor of this year’s Donorama, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is providing a $10 KFC gift check to all presenting blood donors. Colonel Sanders will also be on hand to visit with event attendees.

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.