JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the seventh consecutive year, Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group radio stations 94.3 Kat Country, 101.9 The Wave and News Radio 950 KWOS are teaming up with the American Red Cross and the St. Louis Cardinals to help avoid summer blood shortages and help hospital patients in need. The public is invited to donate blood Wednesday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Capital Mall or United Church of Christ in Jefferson City.
This year the Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group Blood Drive features two convenient locations to donate lifesaving blood at in Jefferson City. All who attempt to donated will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
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 is to inspire new blood donors and those who haven’t given in a while to give this summer and become a regular blood donor for patients in need in the years to come. For the past four years, new Red Cross blood donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. More blood donors are needed now to fill the gaps.
“I have always been a huge advocate of the Red Cross and their blood drives because the need for blood is constant and important, especially in the summer time when people are thinking less of donating,” said Dexter Fowler, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder. “You can make a difference and help save lives. All it takes is an hour of your time. I encourage Cardinals fans and the entire community to come out and donate blood at this year’s blood drive.”
7th annual Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Capital Mall, 3600 Country Club Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
United Church of Christ, 118 W. Ashley St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, schedule online using sponsor code CARDS, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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 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.
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.