To help ensure blood is available this holiday season, the American Red Cross is partnering with Blessing Hospital to host the eighth annual 12 Hours of Giving blood drive on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 3000 N. 23rd in Quincy. Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
A continental breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. and sandwiches and desserts will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and be entered for a chance to win the "Celebrate Quincy" grand prize basket, which includes two passes to 10 local museums, two passes for two kayak rentals and one certificate for two bike rentals. All presenting donors will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an hourly door prize.
"The 12 Hours of Giving blood drive comes at an important time of year for the Red Cross," said Pam Shaffer, the executive director of the American Red Cross serving Adams, Brown, Pike, Hancock and McDonough counties. "This blood drive will help boost the blood supply during the holiday season and each pint may help save up to three lives. The only cost is about an hour of time but, to a hospital patient in need, time is everything."
Since 2005, the 12 Hours of Giving blood drive has collected more than 1,700 pints of blood.