LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2019) — The American Red Cross is calling on Southern California baseball fans to step up to the plate and help overcome a summer blood shortage by donating blood at the 21st annual Dodgers and Angels Baseball Fans Blood Drive. The blood drive will take place Saturday, July 20, at multiple sites throughout Southern California. As a thank you, all who come to donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to either an Angels or Dodgers designated home game, while supplies last.*
“For two decades Dodgers and Angels fans have answered the call to show their team spirt and make a difference in the lives of patients by donating blood or platelets,” said Geri Ostil Hernandez, local market manager, American Red Cross California Blood Services Region. “We look forward to seeing the fans again this year as they join part of a lifesaving team to help hospital patients.”
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency need for blood donors to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this summer. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, including trauma patients, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for blood, and volunteer donors are the only source.
Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive
Saturday, July 20
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Glendale Blood Donation Center, 1501 S. Brand Blvd.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Long Beach Red Cross Chapter, 3150 E. 29th Street
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Station, 3353 San Fernando Road
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Pasadena Blood Donation Center, 133 N Altadena Drive
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Pomona Blood Donation Center, 100 Red Cross Circle
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Torrance Blood Donation Center, 2814 Sepulveda Blvd.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., West Covina Masonic Lodge, 1201 S Orange Ave.
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Fountain Valley Blood Donation Center, 17800 Newhope Ave.
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Fullerton Blood Donation Center, 1144 Rosecrans Ave.
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Laguna Hills Blood Donation Center, 22971 Mill Creek Drive
9 a.m.- 3 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1250 E. Heim Ave.
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa Ana Blood Donation Center, 600 Parkcenter Drive
9 a.m.-3 p.m., American Red Cross Riverside Chapter, 6235 Rivercrest Drive Suite A
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rancho Cucamonga Community, 9791 Arrow Route
7:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave., Suite C
Blood donation appointments can be scheduled for the Angels and Dodgers Baseball Fans Blood Drive by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, going online at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and using the sponsor code HOMERUN.
How to donate blood
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.
*Event vouchers are not transferable nor readily converted to cash. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.