CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Aug. 10, 2020) - The American Red Cross and KFVS12 are once again encouraging all area blood donors to roll up a sleeve and help save lives at the annual Summer Heartland Blood Drive Thursday, Aug. 20 through and Saturday Aug. 22 at several convenient locations in the Missouri and Illinois viewing area.
The KFVS12 Summer Heartland Blood Drive always comes at an important time for the Red Cross and this year is no different. Blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Donors are encouraged to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet patient needs. As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give Aug. 1-Sept. 3 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon.* In addition, all who donate will receive a special-edition “The Need Never Stops” T-shirt, while supplies last.
“KFVS12 and their viewing public always step for us when we need it and we are truly grateful,” said, Joe Zydlo, external communications manager, American Red Cross, Missouri-Arkansas. “As we have seen during this pandemic, things can change very quickly. That is why these blood drives are so important as it helps us keep a stable blood supply.”
Daily times and a complete list of the nine locations of the two-day blood drive are listed below:
Times: Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 – 1 to 6 p.m.; Aug. 22 – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Blood drive safety precautions
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device, sponsor code: KFVS12. Donors of all blood types are needed. 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, from a computer or mobile device 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% 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.
* Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.