Annual KWWR Blood Drive expanded to five days Aug. 11-15
Five blood drives in five days give donors more opportunities to help save lives
MEXICO, Mo. (July 31, 2014) — KWWR Country 96 FM, the St. Louis Cardinals and the American Red Cross encourage fans to step up to the plate and donate blood to help patients in need during a week of blood drives Aug. 11-15 across central Missouri. Everyone who attempts to donate blood at any of the five KWWR Blood Drive locations will receive a specially designed Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last.
“To be a hero off the field, we need to pitch in and support our community,” said Joe Kelly, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. “You can give a patient in need a fighting chance by stepping up to the plate and giving blood.”
KWWR Blood Drive
Aug. 11 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Mexico Elks Lodge, 1705 Christopher Road in Mexico, Mo.
Aug. 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Loch Haven, 701 Sunset Hills Drive in Macon, Mo.
Aug. 13 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 501 S. Business 54 in Fulton, Mo.
Aug. 14 from 1 to 6 p.m. at St. George Parish, 128 W. Fourth St. in Hermann, Mo.
Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joe Machens Toyota, 1180 Vandiver Drive in Columbia, Mo.
“Each year, the Red Cross is proud to partner with KWWR to help save lives,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “This year will be bigger and better as we give KWWR listeners and donors more chances to help save lives.”
Blood donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. To schedule an appointment to give blood at any of the KWWR Blood Drive locations, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code KWWR.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.