Blair County’s largest blood drive coming again
Altoona, PA (Feb. 2, 2017) — The 29th annual Blair Media Blood Blitz will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Jaffa Shrine Facility in Altoona, PA.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs a blood product. The Red Cross must collect more than 14,000 pints of blood every day for patients at more than 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
The Red Cross urges eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood to prevent shortages. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Sponsor code for online appointments is BloodBlitz.
Blair Media Blood Blitz
July 18, 2017
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Jaffa Shrine Facility
2200 Broad Ave
Altoona, PA 16601
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.