Join the American Red Cross, WPSD Local 6, The Paducah Sun, Electric 96.9, WKYQ, Pizza Inn and Finish Line Car Wash in filling in the missing types. Give blood at the 36th annual Donor Days Blood Drive July 10-11, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave. in Paducah, Ky., and from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Veteran's Airport, 10400 Terminal Drive, #200 in Marion.
All presenting donors will receive a special edition Donor Days T-shirt, a free car wash courtesy of Finish Line Car Wash and pizza from Pizza Inn, starting at 11 a.m., while supplies last. Additionally, there will be hourly drawings for $50 gift cards. However the Pizza Inn gift cards will be provided at the Paducah Donor Days drive only, while supplies last.
"Summer months can be challenging for blood collection, but it can be overcome when generous donors roll up a sleeve," said Anthony Tinin, donor recruitment manager, American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. "Right now, just three out of every 100 people in the U.S donate blood, and that's not enough. Donor Days is a great opportunity to team up with community partners to encourage new, lapsed and regular donors to help boost the blood supply and ensure lifesaving blood does not go missing from hospital shelves," said Tinin.
The 36th annual Donor Days blood drive comes as the Red Cross is raising awareness of the constant and often urgent need for lifesaving blood through the Missing Types campaign. Businesses, brands and individuals have temporarily removed the letters A, B and O from their names and logos. Those letters represent the main blood groups - and when they disappear, it is noticeable. Unfortunately, when A, B, O or AB blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care may suffer.
Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products. Each day, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2600 hospitals across the country.
While all blood types are needed, those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.