Shoppers asked to help save lives at 6th annual Mall Summer Blood Drive Challenge

July 14, 2017
 

Donors needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply this summer

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 1, 2017) — Shoppers looking for savings at six area malls can find themselves providing the savings for patients by donating blood during the American Red Cross sixth annual Mall Summer Blood Drive Challenge, July 1 to 5.

Clackamas Town Center, Lloyd Center, Pioneer Place, Vancouver Mall, Washington Square and Woodburn Outlet malls have challenged each other to see which location can get the most people to donate blood at their blood drives. The mall that helps to collect the most lifesaving blood will receive a trophy from the Red Cross.

The Mall Summer Blood Drive Challenge aims to help mitigate a decline in blood donations that typically occurs during the summer months. Vacation plans and summer activities often cause donors to be less available to give, but hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to come out to donate blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need. Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations come in.

 

Clackamas Town Center

Saturday, July 1

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

12000 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley

(Registration is located in the Food Court near Century Theatre)

 

Washington Square

Monday, July 3

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

9585 SW Washington Square Road, Portland

(Registration is located in the Summit Court on level 1, between the

escalators leading to the Food Court.)

 

Lloyd Center

Monday, July 3

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

2201 Lloyd Center, Portland

 (Registration is located in Suite #1225)

 

Vancouver Mall

Wednesday, July 5

1 to 6 p.m.

8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, Suite 202C, Vancouver

(Registration is located on the upper level near Macy’s)

 

Pioneer Place

Wednesday, July 5

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

700 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2115, Portland

(Registration is located at the street level Atrium Pavilion)

 

Woodburn Outlet Mall

Wednesday, July 5

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

1001 Arney Road, Woodburn

 (Registration is located next to Lane Bryant and the Mall Office)

 

Those who come to give blood will receive a Red Cross drawstring bag and two Clark County Fair tickets, while supplies last. In addition:

  • ·         Clackamas Town Center participants also will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 mall gift card and can play spin-to-win for mall merchant gift cards
  • ·         Lloyd Center participants also will receive a $10 mall gift card
  • ·         Pioneer Place participants also will be entered for a chance to win one of two $25 mall gift certificates
  • ·         Woodburn Outlet Mall participants also will be entered into a drawing for a $50 mall gift certificate

Appointments are encouraged, though walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule a donation, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Since 1917, the Red Cross has served the Portland and surrounding areas by preventing and alleviating human suffering. Today, the Red Cross provides blood products and specialized laboratory services to 22 hospitals and is the only blood services provider that also offers health and safety training, serves as a vital communication link between military personnel and their families, teaches disaster preparedness, and provides relief to victims of disasters. Last year, the Red Cross collected more than 88,600 blood products at more than 1,900 blood drives throughout the Portland area.

How to donate blood

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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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