Sweet rewards: Blue Bell partners with Red Cross to encourage blood donations

October 16, 2013

Hoping the Tulsa community will get a taste for helping save lives, Blue Bell is offering a sweet reward for all who come to give blood during  their upcoming American Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Fri, Oct. 18.

“We’re happy to be working with the Red Cross to collect lifesaving blood and raise the awareness of the need for blood,” said Marty Kilgore, Blue Bell general manager.  “We’re inviting the community to join our employees and help save a life.”

Blue Bell “Give a Pint; get a pint” blood drive

Fri., Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blue Bell Creameries, 8201 E. Highway 51, Broken Arrow, Okla.

“We applaud Blue Bell for partnering with the Red Cross,” said Steve Nagle, CEO of the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “Thanking those who give blood with a free pint of ice cream is another way Blue Bell is helping their community and supporting the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross.”

Blood collected at the Blue Bell blood drive may help cancer patients, accident victims and other patients in need. All blood types are needed.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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 @RedCrossBloodSW.