HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Tiffany Davison with the American Red Cross is looking forward to having Eagle listeners and readers give blood on May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the studios at 9th and Main in Hutchinson.
"May is trauma awareness month," Davison said. "Of course, we want to make sure that the blood is on the shelf for those emergencies or those accidents. We say that an accident victim could use up to 100 units of blood."
The Wednesday drive will be the last chance for Hutchinson residents to get in on the Red Cross May promotion.
"All donors who come out will receive an exclusive Red Cross beach towel while supplies last," Davison said. "Plus, those who come also get entered into a chance to win a trip for two to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game."
It helps if you book your appointment in advance.
"You can go to https://www.redcrossblood.org/, call 1 (800) RED-CROSS or download the Blood Donor App," Davison said. "If you search for sponsor code Eagle Hutch in your Blood Donor App, you'd be able to find it quickly that way. We also recommend, if you've never donated before, doing what we call your Rapid Pass. It just, kind of can save you maybe up to about 15 minutes there on the bloodmobile, answering some of those pre health questions ahead of time before you come in."
As of Wednesday, 37,000 fewer Red Cross blood donation appointments have been made in May than what’s necessary to ensure patients have the blood they need in the coming weeks.