MONTGOMERY, Ala. (June 13, 2019) — A few missing letters may not seem like a big deal. For a hospital patient who needs type A, B or O blood, these letters mean life. That’s why the American Red Cross is teaming up with the Montgomery Biscuits to encourage donors to come out, hit a homerun, and help fill in the Missing Types by to donating blood June 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Stadium, 200 Coosa St. in Montgomery. Presenting donors who visit the bloodmobile parked outside of the stadium will receive two home game tickets and a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross is urging individuals to help ensure blood is never missing from hospital shelves by donating blood through the Missing Types campaign. The goal of Missing Types campaign is to change the statistics by inspiring blood donors, especially new donors, to give this summer and become regular blood donors for patients in need in the years to come.
“When we don’t have enough people donating blood, hospital shelves may be empty when a critical patient arrives,” said Ronnika A. McFall, external communications manager of the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region. “In the Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region, on average, approximately 167 donations are needed each day from area blood donors. Imagine if someone you love needed a blood type that was missing from hospital shelves. More blood donors are needed now to fill those gaps.”
Many people underestimate how frequently blood is needed, but the fact is only 3 out of 100 Americans donate blood, yet every two seconds, someone needs it. There simply aren’t enough people donating blood to help patients in need.
“We depend on community partners, like the Biscuits and WSFA 12 News, to help raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood, especially during the challenging summer months,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment, Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “Their support will go a long way in helping the community to understand the constant need.”
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org sponsor code: Biscuits or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors of all blood types are needed. 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.
Blood and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.