ST. LOUIS (Nov. 9, 2018) — The American Red Cross, JOY FM and BOOST 101.9 FM encourage the community to donate blood at the 9th annual JOY FM Perfect Gift Blood Drive, Friday, Nov. 24. Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a special edition “Give Together” long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
The need is constant and blood and platelet donations tend to decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when people become busy with holiday festivities. Give the perfect gift this holiday season and participate in a long-standing tradition of helping patients in need. The Red Cross, JOY FM and BOOST 101.9 FM hope to collect 580 pints of lifesaving blood during the drive.
“JOY FM and BOOST always lend a helping hand by hosting this blood drive at a critical time of the year,” said Lori Stone, district manager of the Red Cross Blood Services Region in St. Louis. “The tremendous support of JOY and Boost listeners is amazing and we are grateful to all who roll up their sleeve to help keep the shelves stocked with blood products.”
The Red Cross encourages you to join this event to continue the yearly tradition of helping to give hospital patients an opportunity to spend another holiday with their loved ones. Since 2010, this drive has collected over 4,600 pints.
The 9th annual JOY FM Perfect Gift Blood Drive will be held Friday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
· West Hills Community Church, 13250 S. Outer 40, Town and Country, Mo.
· Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1151 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon, Mo.
· First Baptist Church, 2012 Missouri State Road, Arnold, Mo.
· Faith Family Church, 704 N. Green Mount Road, Shiloh, Ill.
Blood 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
How to donate blood
To make an appointment for this drive, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code: joyfm/boost, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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.
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.
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.