ABC’s “The Bachelor” Partners with the American Red Cross to Raise Awareness about the Importance of Blood Donations During National Blood Donor Month

In conjunction with the new season of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” the American Red Cross is joining forces with the show to remind everyone about the importance of donating blood.

This season’s Bachelor, Brad Womack, along with several former Bachelors and Bachelorettes will be visiting select blood drives in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago during the month of January, National Blood Donor Month. The talent will be on site to thank blood donors for their generosity and to encourage individuals to donate blood through the American Red Cross to help save lives.

The initiative will run throughout the month of January. ABC’s “The Bachelor” premiered on January 3 and the episode featuring blood donations will air on Monday, January 10, at 7:00 pm.

“I’m a proud blood donor myself,” said Womack. “Working with the Red Cross on this lifesaving initiative provides me with the opportunity to talk about the vital need for blood donations, especially during the winter months. Giving blood is easy to do and helps save lives.”

“This partnership with ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ offers the Red Cross a unique opportunity to engage blood donors,” said Stephanie Millian, spokesperson for the American Red Cross. “Patients undergoing treatment for various illnesses and injuries depend on blood being available when they need it and ‘The Bachelor’ is helping to raise awareness of this need.”

As part of our continuing effort to help, Brad and Chris Harrison, along with former cast members will be on hand at the Woodland Hills Red Cross Donor Center on Saturday, January 8th to support a local blood drive.

The address is:
The American Red Cross
6338 Variel Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Other participating Bachelor blood drives include:

PHILADELPHIA with Gia Allemand, Gwen Gioia, Reid Rosenthal, Craig Robinson and others…
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Philadelphia Donor Center
700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
7:00 am – 2:00 pm

DALLAS with Sarah Brice, Sadie Murray, Tanner Pope, Brian Westendorf and others…
Saturday, January 22, 2011
University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080
Noon – 4:00 pm

Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris will also be doing her part in Chicago on Monday, January 24, supporting a blood drive along with some other Bachelor alumni. Here’s the address:

Loyola University Lakeshore Campus
Coffey Hall
McCormick Lounge, 1000 W. Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60626
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

To make an appointment to donate at one of the four blood drives listed above, visit redcrossblood.org and click on the dark blue “Make a blood donation appointment” section. On that new page, enter the sponsor code “BACHELOR”.

If you don’t live in the above cities, you can still give blood in your community. Visit redcrossblood.org to find a convenient location near you.

About “The Bachelor”:
In the hit primetime reality seriesThe Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. The single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a bevy of beautiful bachelorettes, gradually narrowing the field to the one woman to whom he may propose marriage in the dramatic season finale. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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