The Red Cross celebrates World Blood Donor Day

The American Red Cross joins blood donor organizations around the world in celebrating World Blood Donor Day, which recognizes the importance of a safe and stable blood supply and the donors who make it possible.

This day is Tuesday.

Nearly 2.5 million people volunteer to donate blood and platelets every year with the Red Cross. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets this month.

Blood donations dwindle in late spring and early summer — especially during holiday weeks, like Memorial Day and Independence Day — but the need for blood and platelet transfusions doesn’t take no summer break. Blood and platelet donors are critically important to ensuring life-saving care is available when patients need it.

To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a “thank you” for their help, the Red Cross will be entering everyone who donates in June for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland for two, including round-trip airfare to Memphis, plus a three-night stay at The Guest House and the Elvis Entourage VIP tour courtesy of Graceland, a custom-wrapped Gibson Epiphone guitar and more. Additionally, those who come to donate in June will also receive a $5 e-gift card from a merchant of their choice.

Here are some upcoming blood donation opportunities:

• In Fulton: 1-5 p.m. June 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 718 Court St.

• In Ashland: 2 to 6 p.m. on June 29 at the Ashland Optimist Club, 511 Optimist Drive.

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