Annual Donorama Blood Drive Aims to Replenish Supplies

“By donating blood at the Red Cross Donorama blood drive, you can help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now,” said Matt Bertram

Blood donation is the priceless gift of hope for patients in need. On Monday, January 23rd, blood donors are asked to roll up their sleeve and give the gift of life at the Annual Donorama Blood Drive. The Red Cross hopes more than 100 people come out to give lifesaving blood at Donorama. That blood will help meet the needs of 19 local hospitals and could also help those traveling outside the community for medical care.

Donorama Blood Drive

Monday, January 23rd 2011

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

American Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana

29 S. Stockwell Road, Evansville

As an official sponsor of this year’s Red Cross Donorama blood drive, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is providing a $5 KFC gift check to all presenting blood donors.

On Monday, the American Red Cross issued a nationwide appeal for blood due to winter storms having an impact on the national and regional inventory of blood and blood product supplies. In fact, as an organization we have not seen the blood supply drop this dramatically at this time of year over the past ten years.

“By donating blood at the Red Cross Donorama blood drive, you can help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now,” said Matt Bertram, Regional CEO, American Red Cross. “We want to encourage all eligible blood donors in the area to schedule their Donorama appointments now.”

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment and for more information.

“There is a particular need for eligible donors with type O negative blood to schedule a blood donation appointment as soon as possible. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone, and it’s frequently used in emergency situations. Eligible donors with other Rh negative blood types are also strongly encouraged to schedule appointments,” Bertram added.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana), 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.

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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 permission 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.