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News release from the American Red Cross:

Kroger and Scott’s partner with American Red Cross for the 2014 Great Turkey Escape Blood Drive
All donors will be entered into a daily drawing for a $50 gift card and a holiday turkey

(November 20, 2014) — What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday? If you or someone you love has ever needed blood products, perhaps you’re thankful for an adequate blood supply. The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of eligible blood donors to maintain a steady and consistent blood supply for local patients. The need is constant. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood.

While holiday plans may take many regular blood donors out of town and off of their normal schedule, the Red Cross, Kroger and Scott’s are encouraging infrequent or first-time blood donors to give the gift of life this Thanksgiving.

Kroger and Scott’s will sponsor the Great Turkey Escape Blood Drive at the Red Cross Fort Wayne and Lutheran donor centers, Nov. 24 – 29. Come to donate blood or platelets and be entered to win a $50 Kroger and Scott’s gift card and a certificate for a 7-10 pound turkey. A winner will be drawn each day of the blood drive.

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The Great Turkey Escape Blood Drive will take place at the following times and locations:

Fort Wayne Donor Center: 1212 E. California Rd., across from the Memorial Coliseum

  • Monday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Nov. 25: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Day): closed
  • Friday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 29: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lutheran Hospital Donor Center: 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107, in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital

  • Monday, Nov. 24 and Tuesday, Nov. 25: noon – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26 and Thursday, Nov. 27: closed
  • Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29: 6 a.m. – noon

 

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcross.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 (16 with parental consent 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.

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.

 

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