American Red Cross Blood Drive
May 10, 2012 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Visit the Downtown Y this Thursday to help Give Life!
Make Mom Proud - This Mother's Day, give in honor of the woman who has given so much to you. Donate blood.
To schedule an appointment, please visit redcross.org (Enter Sponsor Code: YMCAStLouis) or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments take priority. All donors must present valid photo ID prior to donation.
Think of the most giving person you know. Chances are it’s your mother. Mothers give us life, they give us unconditional love and they give us their all.
This Mother’s Day, the American Red Cross is encouraging you to adopt that giving spirit and donate blood in honor or in memory of your mother.
By giving blood, you are helping to save up to three lives. That’s sure to make any mother proud.
“Blood donors of all types are needed every day,” said Scott Caswell, CEO, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “A great way to show your love and appreciation is to give a lifesaving blood donation for a hospital patient in honor or in memory of your mother.”
Blood donations are especially important after the Red Cross saw an eight percent decline in blood donations in March of 2012 compared to March 2011. Spring allergies could be part of the reason. While a number of factors could be contributing to the decline, blood donors in some parts of the country have indicated that allergies are impacting their ability to donate.
It is difficult to quantify how many, but some donors have expressed uncertainty about whether they are suffering from allergies versus a cold. While a cold, sinus or respiratory infection could impact someone’s ability to donate blood, allergies alone do not necessarily make a donor ineligible to give. Donors taking allergy medications are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to ask a Red Cross health professional about their eligibility to give blood.
Mother’s Day is celebrated in 46 countries worldwide and is a time set aside to thank mothers for their selfless care and devotion. From hugs to help with homework, mothers set a tremendous example of giving for all of us to follow. Donating blood in honor or in memory of mom is a meaningful way to acknowledge her example of care and concern for others.