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Blood donations carry special meaning for Memorial Day

May 25, 2011

05/26/11 While Memorial Day may signal the unofficial start of summer, the holiday’s true meaning is inescapable for those wishing to honor members of the United States Armed Forces.

 Making a blood donation through your American Red Cross is one way to pay homage to the service men and women who protect and defend our nation. Coming to donate blood before, during or after the long weekend can also help strengthen and maintain America’s blood supply for the summer season.

The next upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive in our area is:

Thursday, May 26, from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in the Hall, located at 901 E. Jefferson St. in Plymouth. 

To encourage summer donations, particularly around holidays like Memorial Day, the Red Cross applies creative twists to giving blood, including nationwide promotions such as Red Cross Racing. Now in its fourth season, this online rewards program recognizes frequent donations by offering racing-themed rewards for blood and platelet donation activities. The program also allows donors to earn and contribute points that benefit the Service to the Armed Forces network, a special Red Cross program that supports U.S. service members, their families and veterans. Donors can visit for details or to join.

How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.

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