ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Nov. 13, 2019) — The American Red Cross, 99.1 JOY FM and BOOST 101.9 encourage the community to give the perfect gift the day after Thanksgiving. The community is invited to roll up a sleeve and help save lives at the 10th annual JOY FM Perfect Gift Blood Drive, Friday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The need is constant and blood and platelet donations tend to decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when people become busy with holiday festivities. Give the perfect gift this holiday season and participate in a long-standing tradition of helping patients in need. The Red Cross, 99.1 JOY FM and BOOST 101.9 hope to collect 620 lifesaving blood donations at this year’s drive. Those who come to give blood will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane, and a special edition “Be The Lifeline Patients Need” long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
“JOY and BOOST always lend a helping hand by hosting this blood drive at a critical time of the year,” said Lori Stone, district manager of the Red Cross Blood Services Region in St. Louis. “What better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of life for patients in need.”
The American Red Cross critically needs donors of all blood types to donate blood and be the lifeline patients need this holiday season. The Red Cross collected about 17,000 fewer blood and platelet donations during September and October than required to fulfill hospital needs. Donors are urged to give now to prevent delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this fall.
Since 2010, this drive has collected over 5,000 donations that have helped over 15,000 patients in need.
The 10th annual JOY FM Perfect Gift Blood Drive will be held at the following locations:
- Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1151 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon.
- First Baptist Church, 2012 Missouri State Road, Arnold.
- West Hills Community Church, 13250 S. Outer 40, Town and Country.
- Faith Family Church, 704 N. Green Mount Road, Shiloh, Ill.
Blood 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
How to donate blood
To make an appointment for this drive, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor code: joyfm/boost, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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.
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, visit rdcrss.org/driver.
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.