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Summer Blood Drive: Today

2018 KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive t-shirt 2018 KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive t-shirt

KFVS12 and the local American Red Cross are teaming up for the annual Heartland Blood Drive, a region-wide effort to supply the area with much-needed blood supplies. This year's drive is sponsored by Subway and your local independently owned Papa John's Pizza.

New blood donors are needed every day to save the lives of patients who depend on volunteer donors. Help patients in need by joining the #MissingType movement. Without the letters A, B, and O (letters that represent blood types), we can't save anybody.

Presenting donors will receive a $3 gift card good at participating Subway locations and a special Red Cross t-shirt supplied by Papa John's (while supplies last).

The event takes place at 8 locations throughout the Heartland:

The specific dates and times for all locations are:

  • Friday, Aug. 10 from 1:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Fresh cookies will be supplied by Subway.

Your locally owned and independently operated Papa Johns Pizza locations in Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, and Jackson, Missouri and in Carbondale, Illinois are also holding a special fundraiser to help support the Red Cross. Use the PROMO CODE: SEREDCROSS when you order online or just mention SEREDCROSS when you call to place your order. You'll get 25% off regular menu pricing and 10% of your order goes to the American Red Cross.

Walk-in donors are always welcome, but the Red Cross recommends that donors schedule appointments.

Use RapidPass on the day of your donation to make the process even faster

In the Missouri-Illinois region, the Red Cross must collect nearly 800 blood products each day to keep up with demand. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, so they must be replenished constantly. There is no substitute.

The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day meet the needs of patients at nearly 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and power red cells can be donated every 112 days.

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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   or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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