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Community blood drive will feature the first Wamego Bank Challenge

The challenge will benefit a local church

June 09, 2014
The upcoming American Red Cross Wamego community blood drive will feature a unique twist that is aimed at increasing blood donations and benefitting a local church. The Wamego Bank Challenge Blood Drive, scheduled June 17, will give area residents the opportunity to donate blood on behalf of the area church of their choice.

As part of the challenge, the Bank of Flint Hills, State Farm Bank, Bennington State Bank and Kaw Valley State Bank have each contributed $100. All those coming to donate during the Wamego Bank Challenge Blood Drive will be given the opportunity to vote for the church of their choice. The church with the most donors will then receive the $400 donation.

The Wamego Bank Challenge Blood Drive is also part of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. summer campaign that reminds donors that they can give hope to patients by rolling up a sleeve.

"Every day this summer is a chance to give a lifesaving gift," said Tricia Quinn, CEO, Central Plains Blood Services Region. "Making a blood donation with the Red Cross is an easy way to extend hope and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients here in our community and across the nation."

Wamego Bank Challenge Blood Drive

June 17 from noon 6 p.m., Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 17535 Say Road, Wamego

Vacations and summer activities often result in a decline in blood donations during the summer. In fact, during the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.

100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. runs through Sept. 1. All summer, the Red Cross will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive above what is expected. Individuals can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to choose a day to donate and help sustain adequate supplies over the summer months.

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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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