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Red Cross, Nexcare, Niki Taylor Celebrate World Blood Donor Day

Nexcare Give

Limited-edition Nexcare give bandage available now through June 14

WASHINGTON, Monday, June 8, 2015 — The American Red Cross, in partnership with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor, will celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14 with the seventh annual Nexcare give program. All eligible donors are urged to roll up a sleeve to donate blood or platelets to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage.

The give program was created to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood and platelets and inspire people to donate this summer and all year long. Nexcare developed a collection of limited-edition bandages surrounding this year’s theme, “Creating a Culture of Giving,” to remind donors of the importance of blood donation. The 2015 collection of bandages features eight vibrant designs inspired by patterns and textiles from various cultures and locations around the world. The limited-edition bandages will be available to those who come out to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

Many people say they never fully understood the importance of donating blood until they or someone they love needed it. Red Cross spokesperson and mother of four Niki Taylor understands the need for blood all too well. In 2001, she almost lost her life after a serious car accident. During her recovery, Taylor received approximately 100 units of blood. To this day, she credits her survival to the donors and doctors who helped save her life.

Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who wish to show support and share personal blood donation stories with others on social media are encouraged to use the hashtag #GiveInspires in their posts, tweets and photos.

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.

Contact: Public Affairs Desk, Telephone: (202) 303-5551, FOR MEDIA ONLY

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.