ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Dec. 19, 2019) — For the 13th consecutive year the American Red Cross, the St. Louis Blues, Fox Sports Midwest and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield encourage all donors to roll up a sleeve to help patients in need by donating blood at the St. Louis Blues Blood Drive, Thursday, Jan. 16.
The Blues Blood Drive comes as the Red Cross urgently needs blood donors of all types to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments in emergencies. The winter months continue to be one of the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross as many donors are busy with holiday activities, and inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives. Additionally, some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses.
Blues fans will have the opportunity to donate blood at one of nine convenient locations in Missouri and Illinois from noon to 7 p.m. Everyone who presents to donate will receive a specially designed retro Blues T-shirt, while supplies last.
St. Louis Blues Blood Drive locations:
- Ballwin Community Center, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle Drive, Ballwin, Mo. 63021
- Meramec Arnold Elks Lodge, 1515 Miller Road, Imperial, Mo. 63052
- Favazza’s on the Hill, (Banquet Center) 5201 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63139
- Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive Blvd., University City, Mo. 63130
- Fenton Fire Protection District, 845 Gregory Lane, Fenton, Mo. 63026
- Old Hickory (Banquet Center), 1 Dye Club Drive, St. Peters, Mo. 63304
- Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark St., St. Louis, Mo. 63103 (new location)
- Centene Community Ice Center, 750 Casino Center Dr., Maryland Heights, Mo. 63043 (new location)
- American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL. 62234
“We know how passionate and generous Blues fans and their staff are as they always step up to help us during a tough time of the year,” said Lori Stone, District Manager, American Red Cross of St. Louis. “We are so grateful to the Blues and Fox Sports Midwest for their partnership in helping us re-stock the blood supply so that we can provide uninterrupted donations to patients in need.”
Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients. Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to stop the shortage from continuing throughout winter.
How to donate blood
Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code BLUES, 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.
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, from a computer or mobile device. 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.