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Give the gift of life on World Blood Donor Day
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 14, 2012) - World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to celebrate the role of volunteer blood donors around the world. 

According to the World Blood Donor Day website, 92 million blood donations are made worldwide each year.  In the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas region, nearly 500 blood donors are needed each day to help meet the needs of area hospital patients.

Volunteer blood donors help the American Red Cross supply around nine million transfusable blood products to patients at approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.

World Blood Donor Day is also designed to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products.  Efforts to ensure donor and recipient safety have reduced the population of eligible voluntary blood donors.

By joining the Red Cross in celebration of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, you can help recruit new blood donors into the system.  The more blood donors available, the less the likelihood of a shortage.

Plus, when you visit a Red Cross blood drive between now and July 31 you'll be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of The Gibson Foundation.  The Red Cross will award multiple guitars.  In addition, you'll receive a rock and roll themed t-shirt.

As a special incentive for our young donors, anyone aged 16-21 can enter to win a $5,000 scholarship!

You can make an appointment to give blood at one of the following Red Cross blood drives by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 

(Source: Red Cross)

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