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Give blood this Thanksgiving weekend

TOLEDO, Ohio, (Nov. 23, 2014) — Rudy’s Hot Dogs will join the American Red Cross to hold The Great Turkey Escape  this Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 at the Toledo Blood Donor Center at 3510 Executive Parkway in Toledo.  Anyone who comes to give blood during The Great Turkey Escape can have a Rudy’s Hot Dog, while supplies last.

Donor Center Hours:

Friday, November 28, 2014 – 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For many people, Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition of giving thanks with friends and relatives. As an extra “thank you” to start the giving season and to encourage donations, the American Red Cross will offer presenting blood and platelet donors a Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique recipes from celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30, while supplies last.

Donors of all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to schedule an appointment.

“Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Angie Bermudez, spokesperson in the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.”

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or 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 consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


About the American Red Cross

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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