American Red Cross Blood Drive to be Held at Sikeston Campus Sept. 15

SIKESTON, Mo.,

Sept. 2, 2009 – The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive Sept. 15 at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston. 

The drive is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m.

To avoid waiting in line, donors are encouraged to make blood donation appointments by calling1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visiting www.givelife.org.

Healthy individuals who are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more are eligible to donate blood.  Sixteen-year-olds with written consent from a parent or guardian are also eligible to donate.  Federal regulations require whole blood donors to wait 56 days between donations.  Platelet donors can donate as many as 24 times a year.  Donors should remember to bring positive identification, which they will be asked to present before donating.