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Red Cross Blood Donations Set For Area Communities

OMAHA, NE. (April 2010) – Looking for a way to make a difference in your community, but don’t know how? The American Red Cross reminds eligible individuals that in about an hour, you can help save a life by donating blood.

“Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteer blood donors, there simply is no substitute,” said Tonya Beck, blood drive coordinator for The Cargill blood drive at the Blair plant. “By donating blood, you can make a difference in the lives of patients in your community and throughout the nation.”

As Americans become increasingly mobile, you can feel good knowing that when you donate blood through the Red Cross you may be helping patients not only in your local community, but also your family and friends across the nation.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Wed. 4/6/2011 Marysville KS High School old gym 9:00 AM 2:00 PM Julie Meinhardt (785) 562-5356

Tue. 4/19/2011 Waterville Valley Heights High School 12:00 PM 6:00 PM Rhonda Joseph (785) 363-2508

Tue. 4/19/2011 Bern Community Center 12:00 PM 6:00 PM Kay Frey (785) 336-3004

Thu. 4/21/2011 Axtell Community Building 12:30 PM 6:30 PM Donna Rottinghaus (785) 736-2978

Fri. 4/29/2011 Nemaha Valley High School gym 8:00 AM 2:00 PM Marcia Philbrick (785) 336-3557

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.