RiverLink and Red Cross team up for blood drive Saturday, Aug. 31

Press release

From RiverLink:

RiverLink and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive on Saturday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 144 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District of Asheville. The Red Cross will bring the donation bus, and the organizations hope to bring 41 donors to the site to donate. All participants will receive a free American Red Cross t-shirt and a River Access Guide.

“It only makes sense that we would partner with the Red Cross on a blood drive,” says RiverLink Executive Director Karen Cragnolin. “Just like blood donation is essential, the rivers and streams in the French Broad River watershed that we work so hard to protect are the lifeblood of our region.”

Donors must meet the following requirements:
Be healthy — feeling well and able to perform normal activities. Donors with a chronic condition such as diabetes must be in treatment and the condition under control.
Be at least 17 years old
Weigh at least 110 lbs.
Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.

Other aspects of each potential donor’s health history are discussed as part of the donation process before any blood is collected. Each donor receives a brief examination during which temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin (or hematocrit) are measured.

Appointments begin at 9 and are scheduled every 15 minutes afterward. Snacks and seats by the French Broad River will be provided. To register, click to www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor, and enter RiverLink in the sponsor code block, or contact RiverLink’s Dave Russell at dave@riverlink.org or 252-8474, ext. 11.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play.

Located in Asheville’s River Arts District, RiverLink is a regional organization spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River watershed as a destination where everyone can work, live and play.

For more information about how you can get involved, see our Web site: www.riverlink.org, or contact us at information@riverlink.org or by phone at 252-8474.


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