Sponsored by The Riverchase Galleria, NBC13, Clear Channel Birmingham, UAB and the American Red Cross
The winter is well on its way, bringing holidays of thanks and time spent with families. This winter, by giving blood at an American Red Cross blood drive, you can help make sure that those who find themselves in need of blood through the holiday period will have a chance to enjoy another holiday with family.
Volunteer blood donors in Jefferson and Shelby counties will get a chance to give blood and save lives at the “Birmingham’s Biggest” blood drive, scheduled for Thursday, December 27, Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riverchase Galleria. The drive is sponsored by The Riverchase Galleria, NBC13, Clear Channel Birmingham, UAB and the American Red Cross.
Because blood can be separated into three components – blood, platelets and plasma – one donation can benefit up to three individuals. Because it takes up to three days for blood to be processed and made available to hospitals, it is important that a donation be made ahead of an emergency. If everyone who was eligible would donate four times a year, there would never be a blood shortage.
If you plan on giving blood, make sure to prepare yourself for the process. Double your fluid intake in the 48 hours leading up to the drive. Make sure to eat a nutritious meal the night before, as well as the day of, the blood drive. Eat iron-rich foods such as lean beef, broccoli, eggs, greens, shrimp or dried beans. Also consume foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the drive.
All presenting volunteer donors will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 in American Express gift cards as part of the “Give Something That Means Something” promotion. All presenting donors at the Birmingham’s Biggest drive will also receive a long-sleeve t-shirt.
To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “biggest.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.