Red Cross sets Waco community blood drive

April 18, 2013

The American Red Cross has provided blood to help meet the needs of those injured in the fertilizer plant explosion in West. While blood supplies are sufficient for the need at this time, the Red Cross appreciates that generous donors may want to honor those affected by Wednesday night's explosion by giving blood. Appointments are strongly encouraged during the weeks ahead by logging onto or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross stands ready to assist with any additional requests of blood as needed.

The Red Cross depends on generous volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood for those in need, not only during times of disaster, but each and every day.

WHAT:         Waco community blood drive

WHO:           American Red Cross

WHEN:         Friday, April 19, from 1-6 p.m.

WHERE:       Exraco Event Center Creative Arts Building

                    4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or join our blog at