2008-12-25 / Front Page

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donors To Boost Holiday Inventor ies

Gift cards for donors at Xmas Eve blood drives
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Come out to donate blood Christmas Eve (Wednesday, December 24) and the 100-county Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services will offer a little help with your last-minute holiday errands.

Presenting blood and platelet donors at all Greater Alleghenies Region blood drives on December 24 will receive a $5 gift card for use toward their holiday purchases, while supplies last.

Jim Starr, CEO, Greater Alleghenies Region, reiterated that recent inclement weather forced several blood drive cancellations, serving to further tighten available blood supplies during the Christmas - New Year's holiday period.

"We need to collect nearly 1,000 units on average each weekday to meet the needs of patients in the 97 hospitals we serve in a 100-county area."

"With the observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, we need to make up the nearly 2,000 units of blood typically collected on two weekdays.

"So in recognition of their taking time to help others by coming to donate blood on Christmas Eve, we're offering all presenting donors a $5 gift card."

As of Monday morning, the 100-county region has less than a one-day supply of Type O negative blood, and a two-day or less supply of A negative and B negative blood.

The following Greater Alleghenies Region blood drives will feature the $5 gift card promotion:

Wednesday, December 24. 2008

Bedford, Pa. - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Heartland Hall, 5564 Business 220.

Johnstown, Pa. - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., John P. Murtha Donor Pavilion, 250 Jari Dr.

Hagerstown, Md. - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washington County Chapter, American Red Cross, 1131 Conrad Court.

Huntingdon, Pa. - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Huntingdon Fire Co. #1, 1305 Washington Street.

Martinsburg, W.Va. - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 200 West King Street.

Maugansville, Md. - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Maugansville Ruritans, 18007 Maugans Avenue.

Mount Union, Pa. - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 West Shirley Street.

State College, Pa. - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Cross Donor Center, 135 South Pugh Street.

Winchester, Va. - 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., War Memorial Building, 1001 East Cork Street.

Each of the region's 18 donor centers also feature special raffles or giveaways during December. For additional information, visit the "Current Campaign" section of http://www.redcrosslife.org/ .

Individuals age 17 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. In Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, 16-yearolds may donate blood with parental consent. Those with specific eligibility questions should contact the Nursing Collections office at 800-542-5663. Most donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days. There are different eligibility criteria for double red cell donation.

Donation appointments may be scheduled at many Red Cross blood drives.

To schedule a blood donation appointment where available, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448- 3543).

Platelet donations must be scheduled in advance by calling (800)-542-5663, ext. 2637.

The Greater Alleghenies Region directly serves hospitals, patients and donors in a 100-county area in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, with more than five-dozen blood products and related services, and also supports blood needs experienced by patients elsewhere in hospitals served through Red Cross Blood Services.

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