KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (July 9, 2020) — The Kirksville Daily Express, KTVO ABC and CBS, Bott Radio Network-KLTE, KIRX/KRXL/KTUF, Sparklight, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the St. Louis Cardinals are once again teaming up with the American Red Cross to help save lives at an important time of year. The 30th annual Kirksville Media Blood Drive will be held Thursday, July 23 from Noon to 6 p.m.
Besides helping the Red Cross save lives there are plenty of reasons to roll up a sleeve this year. Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals Blood Donor T-shirt, while supplies last. This year’s design features Busch Stadium and The Arch in a skyline design. In addition, to celebrate the upcoming release of the film WONDER WOMAN 1984, the Red Cross and WONDER WOMAN 1984 are working together to encourage fans and blood donors to help save the day by giving blood this July. Fans and blood donors who come to donate will automatically be entered for a chance to win an authentic WONDER WOMAN 1984 movie prop replica package which includes: The Golden Lasso and a pair of Gauntlets, identical to WONDER WOMAN’s from the film.* Terms and conditions apply and can be found at RedCrossBlood.org/WonderWoman1984. Finally, all donors will be entered to win a Six Flags St. Louis 4-pack of tickets.
“The Kirksville community has always been great in stepping up during the summer months when we need it,” said Joe Zydlo, external communications manager, Missouri-Arkansas Red Cross. “With the tremendous support of the media and the Cardinals again this year, we hope to have another successful blood drive.”
30th annual Kirksville Media Blood Drive
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Noon to 6 p.m.
Rehoboth Baptist Church
100 Pfieffer Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross has an urgent need for all blood products. The Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. Donors who help support the urgent need by giving at this drive will be able to view their results 7-10 days after donation through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to protect the health of all those in attendance.
Donors of all blood types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products. Each day, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals across the country.
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code CARDS, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device 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.
* Terms and conditions apply. Valid email address is required. Limit five (5) entries per presenting donor. Winner will be selected and notified via the email listed in their American Red Cross donor profile on or around Aug. 10, 2020. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Giveaway begins July 1, 2020 and ends July 31, 2020. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries are not responsible for the promotion, administration or execution of this Giveaway.
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.