In April, the American Red Cross and HBO’s Game of Thrones continued their alliance by asking fans and donors to show their bravery and valor by literally bleeding #ForTheThrone. All those who came to donate blood or platelets between April 1 and 30, 2019, or entered to win online, had a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne. Blood donor Debbie Kolb of Missouri was announced as the heir to the throne in early May.
Additionally, fans had the opportunity to comment on a Red Cross Facebook post for a chance to win one of three exclusive HBO Bleed For The Throne posters signed by Game of Thrones cast members like Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham. Andrea Pena of Alabama, Deann Ambrose of Illinois and Kristyn Logan of California were randomly selected from hundreds of entrants to receive signed posters.
Blood Program Leaders also had a chance to win signed Game of Thrones posters. All Leaders who hosted blood drives between April 19 and 30, 2019, and achieved at least 100% of their blood drive goal were entered to win. Blood Program Leaders Denise Fleming of Kansas and Robin Schoonover of Ohio were randomly selected in the drawing to receive posters.
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 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% 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.