Congressman Jim Bridenstine to serve as honorary event chairman
TULSA, Okla. (June 21, 2013) – How will you celebrate the nation’s birthday this year? Will you fly Old Glory, gather with family for food and fun and take time to remember and acknowledge the hard-won debt owed for freedom? This year the American Red Cross offers the opportunity to commemorate Independence Day and help save lives by giving blood at the Summer Salute to Veterans Blood Drive on July 1 and 2.
Joining the Red Cross for this special community blood drive is Jim Bridenstine, United States Representative for Oklahoma’s first congressional district. An aviator in the Navy Reserves, Congressman Bridenstine began a two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2013 and is serving as the honorary chairman of the two-day event.
“I’m happy to be helping the Red Cross raise awareness for the need for blood going into the July 4 holiday,” said Congressman Bridenstine. “Giving blood can be a great way to honor honoring service men and women while helping the community.”
Summer Salute Blood Drive
July 1 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
July 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
American Red Cross Tulsa Blood Donation Center
10151 E. 11th Street, Tulsa, Okla.
All attendees at the Summer Salute to Veterans Blood Drive can register to win their choice of a pair of tickets to see the Eagles or Justin Timberlake in concert at the BOK Center, courtesy of KRMG’s Take Action Campaign.
Everyone coming to donate can also register to win one of four American flags flown over the United States Capitol on Flag Day. And, to support summer holiday donations, all donors who present to between July 1 and July 15 will also be entered for a chance to win a $3000 American Express gift card.
“Ensuring blood is on hospital shelves for those in need is our mission, but we can’t fulfill that mission alone,” said Steve Nagle, CEO, Southwest Blood Services Region. “Thank you Congressman Bridenstine and everyone who is helping the Red Cross prepare our community’s blood supply for the long holiday weekend.”
Donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood now to help avert a summer shortage.
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 .