St. Louis Rams and American Red Cross Encourage Fans to “Be Extraordinary
June 30, 2011
The American Red Cross and St. Louis Rams encourage healthy individuals to “Be Extraordinary” and turn their typical summer day into an extraordinary gift for a patient in need.
Summer is here and the supply of type O negative blood at the American Red Cross has dropped significantly. A decline in blood donations is typical during the summer as donors become busy with seasonal activities and overlook donating blood. For this reason, it is important for eligible donors with blood type O negative to make and keep appointments to give blood this summer. While all types are needed during the critical summer months, type O negative is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a summer shortage.
From July 1- September 5, 2011 all those who attempt to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center will receive an opportunity to purchase discounted Rams tickets ($10-$15.00 savings) at the Rams website https://www.stlouisrams.com/redcross, and be entered to win a weekly $250 gas card drawing. During the July 4th and Labor Day weekends donors will have a separate opportunity to win a $1,000 gas card drawing
“The Rams are excited to partner with the American Red Cross in this unified mission to help save lives. Donating blood is important to our community. Patients are depending on all of us to role up our sleeve and help a stranger in need,” says Kevin Dermoff, Ram’s COO and EVP of Football Operations.
Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets. Platelets may be donated at an American Red Cross blood donation center. Platelets aid in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding and are vital in helping patients with leukemia or other cancers. The demand for platelets is growing dramatically. Do not consume aspirin for 48 hours prior to donating platelets.
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.
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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.