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Honor A Hero's Life By Donating Blood At The WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive

Last updated on Thursday, May 3, 2018

(EVANSVILLE) - May is National Military Appreciation Month. WEHT Eyewitness News, Honor Flight of Southern Indiana and the American Red Cross are teaming up to honor the sacrifices made by military heroes and their families.

Roll up a sleeve and give blood at the WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive Monday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Stockwell Blood Donation Center located at 29 S. Stockwell Road, in Evansville.

"National Military Appreciation month is a time to honor our fallen military heroes and service men and women who nobly sacrifice their lives to protect our country," said Sonia Juric, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. We're encouraging the community to let the courageous sacrifices of our military heroes inspire them to help save lives by donating blood at the WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive."

As a special thank you, all presenting donors at the WEHT Honoring Heroes Blood Drive will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and meal courtesy of Mission BBQ, while supplies last. Additionally, all presenting donors will be sent a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. *Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal. Terms and conditions apply. Visit: RedCrossBlood.org/Together

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana is excited to be part of the WEHT

Honoring Heroes Blood Drive," said Diane Shaw, vice president of Honor Flight of Southern Indiana, Inc. "You never
know when you or a family member might need blood. As a strong community partner, Honor Flight volunteers and alumni veterans will be on hand and we encourage eligible donors to join us by scheduling an appointment to give blood and support the Red Cross."

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. With millions of Americans busy or traveling on Memorial Day weekend, we often face a steep drop in blood donations at the end of May. Help us make up for that gap and ensure that hospitals and patients have the blood they need this month.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code Honor 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 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass ® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

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 CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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