Princeton, IL 10/01/12 — American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or special suits. Their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the “gift of life.” Be a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.
“Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to help save a patient’s life,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday you have given to their loved one.”
Rosemarie Tolson and her husband, Joe Tolson, are both blood donors. They schedule their appointments so they can give together.
“We both have very large families, and any of them could be in need of blood,” Rosemarie said. “We believe it’s the right thing to do. My husband says it gives him a good feeling knowing that he can help three people with his donation. It’s the least that I can do to help out someone in need.”
Upcoming blood donation opportunity:
The Vein Drain at Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road
BureauCounty Fair Grounds--Princeton
October 20th, 2012
5:30PM – 9:00PM
Call 800 733-2767 for an appointment.
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
The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that 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 blog.redcross.org.