DALLAS, Texas (Nov. 17, 2014) — This holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to give something that means something – a blood donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with family and friends.
To help with the local blood supply, the Red Cross Southwest Region, Dallas Board of Directors announces the Give and Gobble Blood Drive scheduled for Nov. 24.
“The need for blood is constant during the winter months, but donations can slow – especially around the holidays,” said Angela Vargo, chairman of the Red Cross Southwest Region, Dallas Board of Directors and Southwest Airlines Manager Product Innovation. “Long holiday weekends, like Thanksgiving, pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. We encourage people to make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.”
To encourage donations, presenting blood donors at the Give and Gobble Blood Drive will receive a T-shirt (while supplies last,) a Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique recipes from celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella (while supplies last) and the opportunity to enter to win hourly raffle drawings.
Give and Gobble Blood Drive
Monday, Nov. 24 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Dallas Red Cross Chapter, 4800 Harry Hines Blvd.
Blood donors of all types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative donors, are urged to make a donation to help maintain a stable blood supply.
To participate: Make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org with sponsor code arcdallas or drop by our Dallas chapter between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, November 24.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.