Blood donors participating in the Great Bend Community Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, at Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas Avenue, will receive a special thanks from Kansas Pork Farmers. The Kansas Pork Association (KPA) is teaming up with the Central Plains Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross as part of its 2013 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas.
Blood donors will be greeted by Kansas pork farmers serving free pulled pork sandwiches and giving away pig-shaped stress relievers. A free raffle will also be held for two grocery gift cards valued at $25 each. The drive will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“I don’t think we can do enough to thank these great people who donate their blood to help our community have a safe and reliable blood supply,” said Kelly Wondra with WF Pork in Ellinwood, who will be on hand to thank blood donors. “They are real heroes because they help save so many lives. We’re happy to provide the American Red Cross with healthy food for these donors who are a shining example for all of us.”
“We are thankful to have partners like the KPA who want to show their appreciation and provide our donors with something that tastes good and provides the nourishment their bodies need,” said Kristi Ingalls with the Central Plains Red Cross. “These donors help the Red Cross respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day; in fact, every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood.”