Donate Blood and Give Someone a Happy New Year

December 19, 2011

Ring in the New Year with Blood Donation

Paducah Community Invited to Seventh Annual New Year’s Blood Drive


(Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 21, 2011)


For many people, a new year signifies a fresh start.   They resolve to get healthy and accomplish things they didn’t do the previous year.


So when you are making your list of New Year’s resolutions, why not add blood donation to the list?  Please consider giving blood for the first time.  If you give once or twice a year, consider increasing your donations.  You are eligible to give whole blood donations every 56 days or eight weeks.


January and February are tough months for blood collection.  Inclement weather can cause the cancellation of blood drives and/or keep donors from traveling to blood drives and donor centers.  Plus, cold and flu symptoms make donors ineligible to give blood.


Blood donation is so important because each donation has the potential to save up to three lives.  So, this new year, consider a resolution that makes a lifesaving difference – give blood.


You are invited to the seventh annual Paducah New Year’s Blood Drive on Monday, Jan. 2 and Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at First Christian Church located at 415 Audubon Drive in Paducah.


All presenting blood donors receive a certificate for a free car wash from Finish Line Car Wash, valued at $5.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at