The American Red Cross is partnering with The Kroger Co. to hold a scholarship blood drive for one very deserving Highland High School student. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, July 23, from 11 am-5 pm at Kroger, 555 W Marion Rd, in Mount Gilead, Ohio.
Many people want to give back to the community, but may not have a lot of time to volunteer. The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help save lives and feel instant gratification. The American Red Cross and Kroger would like to encourage all eligible donors to come out and make a difference in the lives of our patients here in Central Ohio as well as in the life of our student volunteer.
The summer months are a critical time for the blood supply of the American Red Cross. It is a time when our donors are busy and often away on vacation. It is also a time when traumas are increased, so each donation is very important. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in their community and throughout the nation. Every unit of blood collected could save 3 lives! To donate, 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), 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.
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.