Updates for American Red Cross Blood Drives in Conjunction with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

October 26, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(October 26, 2010) – The American Red Cross is encouraging everyone in the Louisville area to show their support for the Lampe family and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition by giving blood at community blood drives this week.

Remaining blood drives scheduled to be held at the spectator shuttle site have been cancelled. But, 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 redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you, make an appointment to donate and show your support!

Whether you’re planning to visit the build site or not, you can show your support for the Lampe family, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Elite Homes by donating blood or platelets in their honor through the Red Cross.

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.