Donors are invited to roll up a sleeve with the American Red Cross at Birmingham’s largest and most popular Halloween attraction. The third annual “Fright for Life” blood drive, sponsored by Sloss Fright Furnace, will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the haunted house.
The Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to donate blood this fall and make a difference in the lives of patients in need. Blood is needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
“The Red Cross appreciates Sloss Fright Furnace for offering this opportunity for the community to help save lives,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross Alabama and Central Blood Services Region. “Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for patients and all types are needed to help ensure a stable blood supply.”
Those who come to give will receive a free ticket to explore the haunted house, while supplies last.
“Fright for Life” Blood Drive
Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 14
5 to 10 p.m.
20 32nd St. North
Birmingham, AL 35222
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 (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 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.