Red Cross asks public to Give thanks with the perfect gift—gift of life

The American Red Cross is asking all eligible donors to honor our country’s heroes by becoming an everyday hero themselves. By donating blood this holiday season, people can give a special thanks that lasts a lifetime.

“As you reflect on what you are grateful for this holiday season, set aside time to come donate blood,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Your donation can give someone another moment, another day, another holiday to spend with love ones and friends. And that’s something to feel thankful for.”

The Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to hospitals across the state of Michigan and needs approximately 700 people to donate blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims, as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

But while the need for blood is constant, the supply of blood sometimes isn’t. Blood donations can dip around the holidays, making it important for donors to make and keep appointments to ensure a strong and stable blood supply for sick and injured people.

“If you want to express your gratitude this holiday season and do something meaningful for others, donate blood,” said Jaksa, “Someone in your community may need blood this holiday season and will be thankful for the gift of life you gave.”

Everyone who comes out to donate in November has a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card. Everyone who attempts to donate November 21-27 has a chance to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards. In addition, everyone who comes out to donate in December could win a $250 Meijer gift card, a $500 Best Buy gift card and a chance to win one of 15 invitations to Sundance Chevrolet for a chance to win a 2012 Chevy Cruze. 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).

Individuals who are 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 are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also 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.

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