American Red Cross Holding Blood Drive at Southeast April 7

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 19, 2008 – The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive April 7 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Donors interested in helping to maintain an adequate blood supply may donate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Robert A. Dempster Hall.

All donors who attempt to donate blood will receive a complimentary T-shirt.

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 permission 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.  To schedule a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.americanredcrossblood.org.  Donors should remember to bring positive identification, which they will be asked to present before donating.