Community invited to donate blood in observance of Patriot Day
Red Cross, Oakland Community College partner to help save lives
The American Red Cross and Oakland Community College in Auburn hills is asking the community to roll up a sleeve and donate during the Patriot Day – National Day of Service and Remembrance blood drive. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 7 from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Campus, 2900 Featherstone Road
.In the United States, Patriot Day is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance occurs on September 11 in memory of those who lost their lives or were injured in the 2001 September 11 attacks.
“We are proud to partner with Oakland Community College to observe this tragic day in our nation’s history by giving back to those in need,” said Jennifer Killewald, donor recruitment representative with the Red Cross Southeastern Michigan Blood Region. “This annual drive provides a tremendous opportunity for blood donors to give back and remember those who give every day to keep us safe.
”Everyone who comes to donate will receive a free $15 Kroger gift card, while supplies last. The Red Cross has an urgent need for all blood donors of all types to give now and help save lives, especially those with type O negative and O positive blood. Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals almost as fast as they’re coming in and more donations are needed now to meet hospital patient need and replenish the blood supply.
Patriot Day/National Day of Service and Remembrance Blood Drive
Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017
7 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Oakland Community College – Auburn Hills Campus
2900 Featherstone Road
Auburn Hills, Mich. 48326
How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code patriotday 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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.