American Red Cross Southern Region Board of Directors Blood Drive

June 1, 2012

Now that summer is here, it’s time for family vacations and fun outdoor activities.  What many don’t realize is that during the busy summer months, blood donations often decline, while the need for blood remains constant.

The Southern Blood Services Region Board of Directors understands the increased need for blood donations during the summer, and invites you to give the gift of life and learn about Atlanta’s history. 

The board is hosting a blood drive on July 18, 2012 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center.  The Atlanta History Center is located in the heart of Buckhead and includes one of the largest history museums in the nation, featuring award-winning signature exhibitions. 

Participants and their guests will receive free admission to the Atlanta History Center, and presenting donors will be entered in drawings for great prizes.

“This is a great opportunity for donors to visit one of the country’s premier history centers and give back to their community,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region.  “We know people are busy during the summer, but patients undergoing treatment for various illnesses and injuries depend on blood being available when they need it.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, click here and use the sponsor code arcboard, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).   

Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for more than 120 local hospitals.  Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors age 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.