Locust Grove - American Red Cross blood donors rock! Whether you’re a fan of Bill Haley and his Comets, the Rolling Stones or Bon Jovi, the Red Cross invites you to Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves this summer to give blood or platelets.
Donating blood can help save up to three lives because your blood is separated into its components – red cells, plasma and platelets – to treat patients with different needs. Donating platelets primarily benefits cancer patients. When a patient is undergoing chemotherapy, the production of blood cells is affected and the platelet count may drop to a critical level.
Shake, Rattle and Roll into a Red Cross blood drive May 22 – July 31 and you’ll be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of The Gibson Foundation. The Red Cross will award multiple guitars and 50,000 guitar picks, co-branded with the Gibson and Red Cross logos, during this campaign. In addition, you’ll receive a rock and roll themed t-shirt.
As a special incentive for our young donors, anyone aged 16-21 can enter to win a $5,000 scholarship!
Good Golly Miss Molly, helping to save lives through blood donation makes you a rock star.
Visit a Red Cross blood drive this summer and in no time you’ll be singing, “I love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
Locally, you can donate at the Locust Grove Community blood drive, on Monday, July 23, from 2 pm – 6 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 703 N. Highway 82. To schedule an appointment, please call Marea Breedlove at 918-479-6356 or 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767).
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.