Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by donating blood at St. Francis Xavier drive

September 29, 2014

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Red Cross and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church announce a blood drive scheduled for Oct. 5 to help raise the awareness of the need for Latin-American blood donors.“Whether you attend this church or not, we invite you to come to the blood drive at St. Francis Xavier and help save a life,” said Father David Medina, St. Francis Xavier priest. “We glad to be working with the Red Cross to help with blood collection.”

St. Francis Xavier blood drive

Oct. 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2434 E. Admiral Blvd.

Without increased donations from the Latin-American community, there is a growing concern that the blood supply could face a serious imbalance if population shifts bring even more demand for type 0 transfusions.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.