The Bachelor Red Cross Blood Drive January 15 in Philadelphia

Former Bachelors and Bachelorettes Will Greet Fans at Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, January 15 in Philadelphia

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

Former Bachelors and Bachelorettes Will Greet Fans at Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, January 15 in Philadelphia

January 11, 2011 (Philadelphia, PA) ─ In conjunction with the new season of ABC’s “The Bachelor,”  the American Red Cross and the hit romance reality series are joining forces to remind everyone about the importance of donating blood.

Several former Bachelors and Bachelorettes will be visiting select blood drives in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago during the month of January. The talent will be on site to thank blood donors for their generosity and to encourage individuals to donate blood through the Red Cross to help save lives.

On Saturday, January 15, former Bachelors and Bachelorettes will attend a blood drive at the American Red Cross Blood Donor Center, located at 700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA  19123. The drive is scheduled from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm and Gia Allemand, Gwen Gioia, Reid Rosenthal, and Craig Robinson will make an appearance to meet and greet donors. Anyone visiting this blood drive who meets sweepstakes eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to win a sweepstakes package entitling the winner to two coach airline tickets to Los Angeles, hotel accommodations and two tickets to the taping of the “Women Tell All” episode of the hit series on Saturday, February 26, courtesy of “The Bachelor.”

“Every two seconds a hospital patient in this country needs blood,” said Bachelor Brad Womack. “I am glad the show gives us this chance to help the Red Cross teach people how important it is to donate blood. I am a proud blood donor myself and encourage others to give this lifesaving gift.”

“The American Red Cross would like to thank ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ for helping us raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations,” said Brigid O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Region. “Having these former Bachelors and Bachelorettes on hand to greet and thank people for their blood donations is a wonderful tribute to Red Cross blood donors and the patients they may help.”

“The Bachelor” airs Mondays at 8:00 pm ET. For more information about donating blood or to schedule an appointment for this or any blood drive, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code “BACHELOR”. The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

About The Bachelor:

In the hit primetime reality series The 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.