Red Cross hosts holiday weekend blood drives

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 11:19 AM PDT May 23, 2013 
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BEND, Ore. -

Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, the holiday's true meaning is undeniable, to honor members of the United States Armed Forces. Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

But this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.

To kick off the summer season, all presenting donors at donor centers across the Pacific Northwest region before and after the Memorial Day holiday, between May 23 and 31, could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards*.

Additional special offer available at the following blood drives:
All presenting donors at the following blood drives(only)will receive a stadium seat cushion to use while watching summer sports and other fun activities.    

Portland Donor Center blood drive, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Saturday May 25 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday May 27 from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Clark County Donor Center blood drive, 5109 NE 82nd Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662
Saturday, May 25 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday, May 27 from 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM    

Salem Donor Center blood drive, 475 Cottage Street NE, Suite 110, Salem, OR 97301
Friday, May 24th- 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday, May 27th- 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Central Oregon Donor Center blood drive, 815 SW Bond St Suite 110, Bend, OR 97702
Friday, May 24th- 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Monday, May 27th-1:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Roseburg Donor Center blood drive, 1176 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470
Friday, May 24th- 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday, May 27th- 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Medford Donor Center blood drive, 1174 Progress Drive, Suite 102, Medford, OR 97504
Friday, May 24th- 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday, May 27th- 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM    

To donate blood or platelets over the coming holiday weekend, individuals can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment to help save lives.

*For American Express gift card drawing official rules and regulations please visit www.redcrossblood.org/summerrulesandregs

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 consent in some states), 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.

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 www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.