November 2, 2009


CONTACTS:   April Phillips (770) 852-4041 / cell (678) 488-7926   

Red Cross and Davis Broadcasting join local sorority and fraternity to help & change lives together
Blood Donations Needed During Summer Months 
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has helped save countless lives. But, the need for blood is constant. So, the American Red Cross and Davis Broadcasting have teamed up to encourage Columbus residents to “Change Lives Together” by giving blood during the Caring for Kids Blood Drive on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
The blood drive, co-sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Omega Psi Phi fraternity, will be held at the Delta Sigma Theta House (4925 Forest Road, Columbus 31907).  Presenting blood donors may enter for a chance to win one of three $1,000 gas gift cards.  Participants are also encouraged to bring in new school supplies, which will be given to local students in need. 
During the busy summer season, the blood supply often suffers. With donors on vacation and preoccupied with other summer activities, collections tend to take a dip, but the Red Cross hopes to avoid a shortage this summer by asking donors to join together in making giving the “Gift of Life” a part of their summer plans. 
The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to more than 120 hospitals and must have 1,200 people give blood each weekday to meet hospital demand.  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. One pint of blood can help save up to three lives. 
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days.  Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.  To schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or visit and enter the sponsor code deltaandomega when prompted.


Columbus, GA, 31829
United States
32° 33' 27.7848" N, 84° 44' 22.452" W
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