ATLANTA (June 19, 2018) – The Atlanta United FC is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help answer the call for blood donations and fill the missing types. The community is invited to give blood Friday, June. 29 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1 AMB Drive NW Atlanta, Ga. 30313. Presenting donors will receive two tickets to a regular season United game, 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 and platelets 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. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and eligible donors are urged to give now.
“The summer months can be a challenging time for blood collections, but thanks to the United and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, we have the ability to help replenish the blood supply,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “We encourage the community to join us to meet the needs of patients being treated for cancer, sickle cell disease and other health conditions.”
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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) sponsor code: atlunited.
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 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.