KIRKSVILLE, Mo. Kirksville Daily Express, Radio Park, KTVO, KLTE Bott Radio, Cable One, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up to help save lives at an important time of year. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give; however, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.
“I’ve donated blood myself and feel it’s an easy way to help people,” said Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals right fielder. “It feels great to help others and I encourage others to donate blood, too.”
Everyone who steps up to the plate and attempts to donate blood at the 26th annual Kirksville Media Blood Drive on July 21, from noon to 6 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 100 Pfeiffer in Kirksville, will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last. Pizza Hut and Pepsi products will also be available.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. 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.
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.