LITTLE ROCK, Ar. — The American Red Cross and Sprint are partnering up on a Platelet Awareness Campaign in the month of October. To kick it off they are encouraging Little Rock area residents to donate blood and platelets this Friday, October 7 at the Red Cross Donor Center at 401 S Monroe St. In addition, The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be taking blood donations in front of the Sprint Store at Shackleford Crossings, 2612 S. Shackleford Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All who donate platelets during the month of October will be registered to win a Samsung Tablet.
The Red Cross and Sprint are urging eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year and 246,600 of them will be invasive breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Cancer patients may need blood products during chemotherapy, surgery or treatment for complications.
To make an appointment to give blood call visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code SPRINTSTORE. In addition, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
Who: The American Red Cross and Sprint
What: October Platelet Awareness Campaign
Where: Red Cross Donor Center of Little Rock – 401 S Monroe St, Little Rock, AR 72205 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
On-site Media Contact: Homer Gifford (870) 275-2212
Sprint Store at Shackleford Crossings – 2612 S. Shackleford Rd. Little Rock, AR 72205 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. –
On-site Media Contact: Michele Shaw (501) 517-1470
When: Friday, October 7, 2016
Why: To create awareness locally of the need for platelet donations, how platelets are given and who they help.
This event kicks off the Platelet Awareness Campaign in the Little Rock area in the month of October. Eligible donors receive a special platelet superhero t-shirt, whilesupplies last. In addition, all who donate platelets in October will be registered to win a Samsung Tablet.
To open the Campaign, Sprint Regional President Jon Blitz will be donating platelets on Friday morning at the Red Cross Donor Center. Please contact me in advance for any media inquiries. On-site media contacts are listed within the locations in the ‘Where’ section of this alert.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 (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.
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.