Red Cross and FOX 13 team up to help support patients Dec. 13
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Nov. 30, 2016) — Being a hero isn’t out of reach for those who give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross at the 17th annual FOX 13 Reach Out Utah Blood Drive. Help save a life by donating blood Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Red Cross Salt Lake City Blood Donation Center at 6616 S. 900 E. in Salt Lake City.
The Reach Out Utah Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations postpone hosting blood drives during the holiday season for these same reasons. This can lead to a decline in blood donations, but the need is constant.
“Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood,” said Jill Allen, director of Donor Recruitment for the Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region. “By donating blood or platelets during the winter months, donors can be part of something meaningful this holiday season – helping patients in need create their own special holiday memories.”
Those who come out to give blood will receive a commemorative long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt. Smith’s Groceries snacks and Subway sandwiches will be available while supplies last.
To schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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 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 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.