Summa Western Reserve Hospital is joining the American Red Cross this holiday to give the greatest gift of all – Life. Summa Western Reserve Hospital and The Northern Ohio Blood Services Region invites blood donors to give at the 4th Annual Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls Holiday Blood drive on Thursday, December 20th from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites – 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.
Pictured left to right: Front - Margaret Medzie, Executive Director American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties; 2nd row - Kristie Warner, Co-Owner Gavin Scott Salon and Spa, Mayor Donald Robart, City of Cuyahoga Falls; 3rd Row- Mayor Bernie Hovey, Village of Silver Lake, Dr. Eric Espinal, Chairman Department of Surgery Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Chuck Collins, Operations Director, Rubber City Radio Group-Akron 1590 WAKR/97.5 WONE/94.9 WQMX; Back row - Dr. Pat Blakeslee, Chairman Department of Medicine Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Jeffrey Lynch, Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls General Manager.
“Only when volunteer donors make time to help save a life can we be sure that blood is available for those in need,” said Christy Sabaka, Communications Manager of the Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region. “We’re excited to again partner with so many fantastic sponsors for this special holiday event. Giving blood to help others is a wonderful way to give something meaningful this holiday season.”
Helping to lead the Holiday blood drive initiative are Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s own Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Patrick Blakeslee and Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Eric Espinal. Both are urging fellow colleagues, hospital staff and the community at-large to join them at the largest blood drive in Northeast Ohio. Blakeslee and Espinal teamed up earlier in the year for Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s annual Rumble at the Reserve blood drive, which broke yet another donation record this summer with 281 employee and community donors and 224 usable pints of blood collected – surpassing the initiative goal of 194 usable pints. The “Rumble” blood drive features both physicians squaring off in a mock boxing match to see which department can bring in the most donors.
During the Holiday blood drive, the Red Cross will be giving all donors a goodie bag and all donors are entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes including a 42 inch television, PS3 gaming system and a Kindle Fire, courtesy of Summa Health System. One runner-up will receive an Apple iPad courtesy of Gavin Scott Salon and Spa. Donors will enjoy refreshments courtesy of Summa Health System and The Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls and will have the chance to win one of 50 raffle prizes. Donors will also receive a free goody bag filled with gifts from various sponsors.
How do I sign-up?
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Did you know?
• Every day, regardless of the date on the calendar, the Red Cross must collect approximately 17,000 pints of blood for patients. The need for blood remains constant during the holiday season, but busier schedules, holiday travel and other seasonal activities can leave little time to donate blood. Types O negative and positive, A negative and B negative are most needed now.
• 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.
The Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls holiday blood drive is sponsored by: Summa Western Reserve Hospital, Village of Silver Lake, Summa Health System, 94.9 WQMX, 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE, Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls, Gavin Scott Salon and Spa and the City of Cuyahoga Falls.