LaCentre to host Thanksgiving Blood Drive Gala Nov. 28

Red Cross m6340297_514x260-logoGive the gift of life this holiday season

This holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to give something that means something – a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with family and friends.

Blood donors can give with meaning at the LaCentre Thanksgiving blood drive, Friday, November 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at LaCentre.

All who come to donate will enjoy a free meal after their donation and receive a Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique recipes from celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella, while supplies last. Presenting donors will also be entered to win a flat screen TV, two airline tickets and other prizes. The blood drive is also sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic.

“The need for blood is constant during the winter months, but donations can slow – especially around the holidays,” said Christy Sabaka, External Communications Manager, of the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. “Long holiday weekends, like Thanksgiving, pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling.”

Therefore, we encourage people to make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.”

Donors of all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative are urged to donate. Appointments are encouraged for the LaCentre blood drive. Visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code “LaCentre,” call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Blood Donor App to schedule today.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent 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 shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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