Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive gets underway at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive gets underway at 10 a.m.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - 14 News is partnering together with the American Red Cross, the Rotaract Club of Evansville and the Young Leaders United on July 8 for the Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive.

“Summer months can be challenging for blood collection, but it can be overcome when generous donors roll up a sleeve,” said Garry Allison, director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “The 14 News Celebrate Freedom blood drive is a great opportunity to team up with community partners like the Rotaract Club of Evansville and Young Leaders United to encourage new, lapsed and regular donors to help boost the blood supply and ensure lifesaving blood does not go missing from hospital shelves.”

The Red Cross hopes to collect 130 or more pints of blood before the drive is over. Donations typically drop around the holidays. They say blood drives like this are helping in keeping blood supplies up.

“That whole last week was a week where we saw fewer blood drives in general as businesses closed for the holidays, and people got busy with other activities, their vacations, and picnics. Patient care can be affected when we don’t have those blood donations coming in,” said Karen Robertson, American Red Cross donor recruiter.

September 11, 2014. Salt Lake City, Utah. Brandon Robinson donates blood at the Salt Lake Blood Donor Center on September 11. Brandon--who is from Atlanta, Georgia--has given blood since high school and continued to donate after moving to Utah several years ago. Photo by Amanda Romney/American Red Cross
September 11, 2014. Salt Lake City, Utah. Brandon Robinson donates blood at the Salt Lake Blood Donor Center on September 11. Brandon--who is from Atlanta, Georgia--has given blood since high school and continued to donate after moving to Utah several years ago. Photo by Amanda Romney/American Red Cross (Source: Amanda Romney)

Stop by the American Red Cross at 29 S. Stockwell Rd., on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. if you would like to be a donor. You can also schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-Red-Cross, or visit the American Red Cross website and enter sponsor code: Freedom.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
American Red Cross Blood Drive (Source: American Red Cross)

This news release from the American Red Cross says all donors will receive a Cedar Fair Theme Park ticker and a t-shirt, while supplies last.

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