Volunteer blood donors are the building blocks to maintaining a sufficient blood supply
BOISE, Idaho (July 11, 2017) – The American Red Cross, Boise Towne Square Mall and LEGO are partnering to host a two-day blood drive to help supporta sufficient summer blood supply. Guests visiting the Boise Towne Square Mall Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14, not only will be treated to view the free exhibition, The LEGO Americana Roadshow: Building Across America, but also can help save lives by donating blood.
Boise Towne Square Mall and LEGO Blood Drive
Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Boise Towne Square Mall, 350 N. Milwaukee St.
To make an appointment for this blood drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
“We are so honored the Boise Towne Square Mall selected the Red Cross as their partner for the LEGO exhibit,” said Nicole Sirak Irwin, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho and Montana. “A blood drive at the mall during the LEGO exhibit is a critical community service because donations drastically decline during the summer months when fewer people donate due to summer and school vacations. Donors are urgently needed to give now to help patients.”
The LEGO Americana Roadshow: Building Across America features 10 one-of-a-kind, large-scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders. Landmarks featured include the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and Old North Church.
This drive comes at a critical time for blood donations. The Red Cross currently is facing a critical blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible blood donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply.
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 (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health might 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 donations by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donations, 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.