4th Annual HemoGoblin Halloween Blood Drive

Wichita Blood Donation Center
707 N. Main
Wichita, KS 67203
United States

Event Description:

Come in costume, or come as you are.  Just make sure you come to the American Red Cross and give blood during the 4th Annual HemoGoblin Halloween Blood Drive!

All presenting donors get a free commemorative Hemogoblin T-shirt (while they last).  Sponsored by McGavock Nissan Wichita, the American Red Cross and Entercom Broadcasting!

Blood Facts
•    Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
•    October is Liver Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets in support of organ transplant patients. According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the U.S., making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for those in need of transfusions during surgery.
•    Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
•    It’s the blood products on the shelves today that help save lives in an emergency.
•    As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed.

Who can donate and what type of blood is needed:
•    Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in most 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.
•    Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
•    Types B and A negative can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.
•    Blood can be safely donated every 56 days and Power Red donations can be made every 112 days. Platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. Plasma can be given every 28 days - up to 13 times a year.

How to donate blood:
•    Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment, or for more information. 

•    Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. 
•    To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.