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The American Red Cross and Big Cat Country 105.5 are teaming up to encourage the Heartland community to help warm a patient’s heart this winter by donating blood. Eligible donors are invited to roll up a sleeve Jan. 25 – Feb. 14 at the Elizabethtown Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 405 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown. 
 
The blood drive kicks off Thursday, Jan. 25 with a live broadcast from Big Cat 105.5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elizabethtown donation center, and all presenting donors receive a free goody bag courtesy of Firehouse Subs, while supplies last. Additionally, all presenting donors between Jan. 25 and Feb. 14 will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets to see Luke Bryan in concert Feb. 18 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville. The winner will be announced on Big Cat 105.5 Feb. 15. 
 

This blood drive comes at a time when many parts of the region are experiencing inclement winter weather and seasonal flu epidemics, which impact the ability of blood and platelet donors to give. The Red Cross urges donors to make an appointment to donate blood and ensure enough blood is available to meet patient needs.
 
 
“Like many regions across the country, we’re experiencing the impacts of weather related blood drive cancellations and seasonal flu,” said Todd Wagner, donor recruitment director for the Red Cross River Valley Blood Services Region. “We’re grateful for community partners like Big Cat Country 105.5 and Firehouse Subs, as well as healthy, eligible donors who are willing to step forward and give in order to maintain a stable blood supply for patients in need.”
 
 
Platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations are critically needed right now.
Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
 
  Big Cat Country 105.5 Blood Drive

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center

405 E. Dixie Ave. Elizabethtown, Ky. 42701

 

Monday, Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12

10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13

10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, Jan. 25*, Feb. 1, Feb. 8

10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Big Cat 105.5 live broadcast 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Saturday, Jan. 27, Feb 3, Feb. 10

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Sunday, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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. 
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