Heroes live in every neighborhood, serving their community and inspiring others. Whether they wear a uniform, volunteer at the library or coach Little League the community is invited to honor their commitment by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood for patients in need at an Honor Your Hero Blood Drive July 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for donors of all types to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply.
“Give blood to honor the heroes in your life and help keep a reliable blood supply on hospital shelves. Your gift could help a trauma victim, a new mom or a teenager battling leukemia,” said Rena Witherspoon, Donor Recruitment district manager, Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. “Rolling up your sleeve to donate blood only takes about an hour but can lead to more time for another birthday, another holiday, another opportunity to make memories for a patient receiving a transfusion.”
To make an appointment for the Honor Your Hero blood drive, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and use sponsor code cityofdallas.
How to donate blood
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.