NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 11, 2019) — The American Red Cross and WQQK-FM 92Q are urging blood and platelet donors to fill the missing types this summer by making an appointment to give blood to help ensure it is available for patients. Local donors can do their part to fill the missing types at the 92Q Day Blood Drive Thursday, June 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nashville Blood Donation Center, 2201 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville.
The Kenny Smoov Morning Show will broadcast live from the donation center. All presenting donors will receive donuts and coffee courtesy of Dunkin Donuts, while supplies last. Presenting donors will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to meet New Kids On The Block and attend the final show of the Mixtape Tour July 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Terms and conditions apply, and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/NKOTB.
The Red Cross is launching its Missing Types campaign in an effort to raise awareness of the constant and often urgent need for lifesaving blood. Businesses, brands and individuals are temporarily removing the letters A, B and O from their names and logos. Those letters represent the main blood groups – and when they disappear, it is noticeable. Unfortunately, when A, B, O or AB blood types are missing from hospital shelves, patient care may suffer.
“Right now, just 3 out of every 100 people in the U.S. donate blood in the U.S. and that’s not enough,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “The summer months can be incredibly challenging for blood collection. We’re excited to partner with 92Q to encourage everyone who is able to make an appointment, roll up a sleeve and help keep the shelves stocked.”
Donors can make an appointment to give by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes or calling 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 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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.