What Color Do You Bleed blood drive to be held Oct. 1
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 19, 2016) — In the time it takes to watch a football game, 5,760 people will need blood or platelets. The Stumptown Orange of Syracuse University and other Portland alumni clubs are encouraging donors to help tackle the need for blood at the What Color Do You Bleed? blood drive this Saturday, Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Civic Taproom and Bottle Shop, 621 SW 19th Ave.
Eligible donors are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team colors or jerseys and help score a touchdown by donating blood and being a part of a lifesaving mission. Those who come out to donate will receive a coupon for free fries, courtesy of Boise Fry Company, while supplies last.
“People love football -- especially their school's team -- but they love helping others, too,” said blood drive coordinator Ken Kane, who bleeds Syracuse orange. “What Color Do You Bleed? gives them the chance for both."
September is National Preparedness Month which provides a reminder that for patients, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives.
“We appreciate Stumptown Orange making this a fun blood drive,” said Neil Tosuntikool, donor recruitment director of the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. “But, the important thing to remember is that patients needing blood will be the real winners of this blood drive.”
Currently, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.
Blood donation appointments can be scheduled by using the sponsor code WhatColor through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Blood donors also can save time 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 donating blood
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required when checking 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.
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.