INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2018) – The community is invited to Bleed for Your Team at a special American Red Cross blood drive with Indianapolis soccer team Indy Eleven at Incrediplex Indianapolis Tuesday, July 24, 2 to 7 p.m.
This event is in partnership with community youth soccer clubs and includes a friendly competition to see which team can recruit the most blood donations. The winning team will receive a trophy at the Red Cross Night game August 15. Indy Eleven players and Mascot Zeke will be in attendance of the blood drive to thank blood donors and run drills with kids from 4 to 6 p.m. A free $5 arcade card will be provided to the first 100 kids, and face painting will be available 3 to 5 p.m.
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatment they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.
“The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break, as people often do,” said Sandra Ryden, recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “That’s why summer blood donations are critically important.”
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, including 80 hospitals in Indiana.
Bleed for Your Team Blood Drive
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
2 to 7 p.m.
6002 Sunnyside Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46236
To schedule an appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code “indyeleven,”
call 1-800-RED CROSS, or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App
Everyone who comes to donate now through September 3 can receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer that helps support the Red Cross. Blood drive participants can go to RedCrossBlood.org/CedarFair to purchase discounted tickets for gate admission. For each ticket purchased through the website, Cedar Fair will donate $2 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission. Terms and conditions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/CedarFair.
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 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. 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.