July 27 event comes as Red Cross faces critical blood shortage
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Kirksville Daily Express, Radio Park, KTVO, KLTE Bott Radio, Cable One, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the St. Louis Cardinals are once again 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.
Everyone who steps up to the plate and attempts to donate blood at the 27th annual Kirksville Media Blood Drive on July 27 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.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, or visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code CARDS to make an appointment at this drive. For more information, call
1-800-RED-CROSS (737-2767). 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.