Blood donors participating in the Dodge City Community Blood Drive on July 24 and 25 at the Knights of Columbus, 800 W. Frontview, will receive a special thanks from Kansas pork farmers.
The Kansas Pork Association (KPA) is teaming up with the American Red Cross as part of the KPA’s 2013 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas. The goal in Dodge City is to collect 130 pints of blood. Because each pint could help save up to three lives, up to 390 patients could benefit.
Blood donors will be greeted by Kansas pork farmers serving free pulled-pork sandwiches and giving away pig-shaped stress relievers. A free raffle will also be held for two grocery gift cards valued at $25 each. The drive will take place July 24 from noon to 6:00 p.m. and on July 25 from 7:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
“I don’t think we can do enough to thank these great people who donate their blood to help our community have a safe and reliable blood supply,” said Jason Hall, a pork farmer from Elkhart, Kan., who will be on hand to thank blood donors. “They are real heroes because they help save so many lives. We’re happy to provide a healthy food for these donors who are a shining example for all of us.”
During the summer months, blood donations often decline when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation.
“The need for blood is constant,” said Terri Dunaway, American Red Cross Central Plains Region CEO. “While blood donations tend to decrease in the summer months, these drives will help ensure blood products are readily available for patients. We are thankful to have partners like the KPA.”
There are 1,500 pork farmers in Kansas. In 2012, they produced more than 500 million pounds of pork with a market value of more than $456 million. Learn more about Kansas pork farmers at eatpork.org.
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 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.
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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.
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