Red Cross rewards blood donors as summer winds down

By on August 15, 2013

American Red Cross logo

News release from the American Red Cross:

Red Cross rewards blood donors as summer winds down

(August 14, 2013) – With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Those who present to donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.

“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO of the Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region. “As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation.”

While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.

“Patients in local hospitals often can’t take a break to enjoy the holiday,” Whitman said. “But blood and platelet donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends – simply by rolling up a sleeve.”

To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all presenting blood and platelet donors between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2 will also receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt. Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

 

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 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 redcrossblood.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

About Stephen Parker

Stephen Parker is the blogmaster for AroundFortWayne.com. He believes that everyone should have access to information, interviews, and videos of events that are, "Straight from the source". When not blogging, he enjoys outdoor activities in his adopted home, Fort Wayne Indiana. He moved here in late 1989 and hasn't looked back.

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Google Plus

Follow Me on Pinterest
  • A group of House Republicans criticized the Obama administration Wednesday over news that schools are cutting their employees' hours to avoid providing health insurance. Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/305073-gop-schools-cutting-workers-hours-to-avoid-obamacare-penalty

    Pinned: 13 Jun 2013
  • Mayor Bloomberg’s $12 million ad blitz to drum up Senate support for background checks on all gun purchases could backfire, Senate strategists said Monday.

    Pinned: 26 Mar 2013
  • Article about smart parking.

    Pinned: 25 Mar 2013
  • US Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN 3rd): “This Budget Debate Goes Deeper than Spreadsheets and Focuses on the Longevity of the American Dream”

    Pinned: 20 Mar 2013
  • "What's a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch?" "How's it different from a warning?" "What actions should be taken when a watch is issued?" Get the answers to these frequently asked questions here!

    Pinned: 5 Mar 2013
  • “The President’s doomsday scenarios are of his own choosing,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., argued in response to Cutter’s email. “The sequester will cut 2.3 percent, or $85 billion, from the massive $3.55 trillion the federal government is projected to spend this year alone. To put that percentage in perspective, we borrow that much money every 28 days. If the President can’t cut that much, he’ll never cut anything.”

    Pinned: 5 Mar 2013
  • Photos and Video from the 2009 Get Green event.

    Pinned: 4 Mar 2013
  • Multimedia weather briefing concerning the winter storm to impact the area Thursday night into Friday. Created at 4:00pm Thursday 2/21/13.

    Pinned: 21 Feb 2013
  • Preliminary renderings from the City of Fort Wayne for the State Boulevard project.

    Pinned: 20 Feb 2013
  • Squad cars adding cameras, license plate readers

    Pinned: 20 Feb 2013

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • The storm clouds are moving in! #weather #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "The storm clouds are moving in!

#weather #FortWayne"
    2
    0
  • A new building for Hill's Market in Waynedale is going up. For more photos - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=55063 #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "A new building for Hill's Market in Waynedale is going up.

For more photos - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=55063

#FortWayne"
    11
    0
  • The Cross from Emmanuel Lutheran Church's steeple was removed this morning for refurbishment. For more photos and to read about the project and background on the Cross, click here - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=55035. #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "The Cross from Emmanuel Lutheran Church's steeple was removed this morning for refurbishment. For more photos and to read about the project and background on the Cross, click here - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=55035. 
#FortWayne"
    11
    0
  • Looking north on Broadway from the fountain. #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "Looking north on Broadway from the fountain.

#FortWayne"
    15
    0
  • There's Trubble Brewing on Broadway. Preparations are still underway for their opening. It's good to see a business back in that building! For another photo and link to their Facebook page, visit - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=54729 #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "There's Trubble Brewing on Broadway. Preparations are still underway for their opening. It's good to see a business back in that building!

For another photo and link to their Facebook page, visit - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=54729

#FortWayne"
    31
    1
  • The fountain on Broadway this pleasant afternoon. #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "The fountain on Broadway this pleasant afternoon.

#FortWayne"
    22
    0
  • Work on the West Jefferson gateway continues. For more information and a news release about the project, visit - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=54629 #FortWayne

    aroundfortwayne: "Work on the West Jefferson gateway continues. For more information and a news release about the project, visit - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=54629

#FortWayne"
    9
    0
  • James & The Drifters on the Banks at last night's Bands on the Banks. August 15, 2015. #FortWayne #RiverfrontFW @fortwayneoutfitters

    aroundfortwayne: "James & The Drifters on the Banks at last night's Bands on the Banks. August 15, 2015.

#FortWayne #RiverfrontFW  @fortwayneoutfitters"
    16
    0
  • People on the Banks.... ....for Bands on the Banks at the Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot on the St. Marys River in downtown Fort Wayne. Photo taken August 15, 2015. #FortWayne #RiverfrontFW

    aroundfortwayne: "People on the Banks.... ....for Bands on the Banks at the Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot on the St. Marys River in downtown Fort Wayne. Photo taken August 15, 2015.

#FortWayne #RiverfrontFW"
    20
    0
  • Bands on the Banks tonight at the Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot. Here's a clip of a Time-lapse video shot last year during a concert on July 24, 2015. For the full video, in even better resolution and a link to information about tonight's concert, go here - http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=54506 #FortWayne @fortwayneoutfitters

    aroundfortwayne: "Bands on the Banks tonight at the Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot. Here's a clip of a Time-lapse video shot last year during a concert on July 24, 2015.

For the full video, in even better resolution and a link to information about tonight's concert, go here -

http://www.aroundfortwayne.com/?p=54506

#FortWayne @fortwayneoutfitters"
    15
    0