Red Cross hosts Pioneer Day blood drive

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-24 13:38:49-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- There is an emergency need for donors of all blood types, according to the The American Red Cross.

The Red Cross said the blood bank supply is low because recent extreme heat kept some honors home and severe storms forced the cancellation of dozens of blood drives.

In an effort to get more people in the door for a drive on Pioneer Day, the Red Cross has organized a raffle and prizes for those that comes to give blood. Concert tickets and gift cards are just a few of the reasons to donate.

"several raffles that people can enter to try to encourage them to come in and take a chance at one of those prizes, but more importantly, what they can do is, clearly when you come in to donate blood, you can help save a patient's life at a hospital," said Julie Wulf, chief executive of American Red Cross.

The blood drive is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday at 6616 South 900 East at the Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region.

To donate, you must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds. Those as young as 16 can donate, although minors need parental consent.

The Red Cross has set a Pioneer Day goal of 130 donors, but they need at least 110 donors to replenish their bank.