Red Cross encourages blood donations leading into Labor Day weekend
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[August 11, 2014]
- The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors
of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many
more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July.
Donors with typeís O negative, B negative and A negative blood are
Blood donations often decline during the summer
months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting
back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time
for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients
To encourage donations over the Labor Day holiday weekend, all
donors who come out to donate blood August 30 through September 1,
will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler, while supplies last.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit
redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Aug. 20 from 12-5 p.m. at Lincoln Sports Complex, 1400 Primm Road in
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 driverís 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
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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 nationís 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
[Text received; BEN COREY, AMERICAN RED CROSS]