Muskogee residents can give blood and support Holiday Mail for Heroes

October 30, 2013

The American Red Cross is giving Muskogee residents an opportunity to kick off the holiday season by saving a life and sending a message to members of the U.S. armed forces at the same time. The community event, scheduled for Nov. 1 at Arrowhead Mall, includes a blood drive, and everyone who visits the mall is invited to stop by to sign a holiday card for the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes project.

The Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Project gives people an easy way to show their appreciation for veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. armed forces.

“Our Red Cross volunteers will be on hand with holiday cards for visitors to sign,” said Ryan Hardaway, Director of the Muskogee Red Cross. “Start your holiday season by helping to save a life by donating blood and sign a card for someone in the armed forces.”

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply. Donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative blood are especially encouraged to give.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes project is a special event from the American Red Cross Service to Armed Forces (SAF). SAF serves military families every day. The primary role of SAF is to deliver emergency messages such as news of deaths, births or serious illness from military families to the service men and women in the field. The SAF can also help arrange for the military member to return home. If the emergency requires the service member to return home, the situation must be verified as an emergency by the Red Cross before the commanding officer can grant the leave.

Service to Armed Forces also helps facilitate or provides financial assistance to military families experiencing hardship due to emergency medical bills or funeral expenses.

Holiday Mail for Heroes Blood Drive

Nov. 1, 2013 from 2-6 p.m. at Arrowhead Mall, 501 N. Main St., Muskogee, Okla.

“While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays,” said Steve Nagle, CEO of the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “Long holiday weekends pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. Without the generosity of volunteer blood donors, we would not be able to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.”