Red Cross to help donors come home for holidays

Published 3:41 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Donors entered in drawing for Delta Airline tickets
The American Red Cross and Delta Air Lines are teaming up to make it easier for a few lucky blood and platelet donors to come home for the holidays.
The Home for the Holidays campaign, which started Oct. 1 and continues until Dec. 31, gives each person who donates blood or platelets with the Red Cross an opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win one of three pairs of roundtrip Delta Air Lines domestic tickets.
“The Red Cross is grateful to Delta for helping us find a unique way to say thank you to blood donors,” stated Joyce Brendel, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region.
The following blood drives will be held locally in December:
Thursday, Dec. 1
Polk County American Red Cross Chapter, 231 Ward Street, Columbus, 2 – 6:30 p.m.
Call 828-894-2700 for further information or to schedule your appointment.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
St. Luke’s Hospital, classroom no. 704, 101 Hospital Drive, Columbus, noon – 4 p.m.
Call Jennifer Wilson at 828-894-2408 for further information or to schedule your appointment.
All presenting donors at either of these blood drives will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one of three pairs of Delta Airline tickets.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.
Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit
– article submitted by Carol Calloway

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