The American Red Cross is asking people to roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets this Veterans Day weekend to honor those who have served their country. Anyone who comes to donate will have the opportunity to sign a card and include a personal message that will become part of the annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign.The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have joined together for the fifth year to have people sign holiday cards for members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families. Pitney Bowes will then screen the cards for hazardous materials, and the Red Cross will sort and deliver them to military installations, veterans medical facilities and other locations during the holidays. People who participate in Red Cross blood drives over this Veterans Day weekend will have the opportunity to help boost the nation’s blood supply and participate in Holiday Mail for Heroes.
“We hope people will join us over this Veterans Day weekend,” said Shaun Gilmore, president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “These blood drives will give donors the chance to help hospital patients who need blood, and at the same time, sign a holiday card that thanks veterans and members of the military for their service.”
Every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood. 44,000 blood donations are needed every day to help trauma victims, surgical patients, burn victims, patients with blood disorders and many others.
Potential blood donors must be 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and be in generally good health. People should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate. Eligible donors can give whole blood every 56 days.
To schedule a donation time or get more information about giving blood or platelets, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).