January 12, 2010
The American Red Cross is pleased to announce that it collected 441 units of blood at yesterday’s St. Louis Blues Blood Drive, which is enough blood to help save up to 1,323 lives. The drive was held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
- The Pointe at Ballwin Commons
- Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Charles
- Meramec Arnold Elks Club in Imperial
- O'Fallon YMCA in O’Fallon, Illinois
- East Alton Ice Arena in East Alton
The goal for the drive was 420 units of blood, and the timing was especially important. Low holiday donor turnout and harsh winter weather have severely impacted the supply of type O-negative blood. Although every blood type is important, O-negative is particularly in demand it is the "universal blood type." This means people of all blood types can safely receive type O-negative blood, so it is used during life-threatening emergencies or when the matching blood type is in short supply.
Everyone who attempted to donate received a specially designed Blues and Red Cross T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for other Blues prizes.
KMOX was the radio sponsor for the drive.