FARMINGTON, Mo. (Oct. 3, 2019) —Join the American Red Cross and J98/Alpha Media as they raise awareness to help patients receive the blood products they need. The Farmington and Festus communities are invited to the annual blood drive Monday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Farmington VFW Hall, 814 E. Karsch Blvd., in Farmington and at the Jefferson County Family YMCA, 1303 YMCA Drive, in Festus.
All participating donors can help save lives and receive a free specially designed T-shirt, while supplies last. Special thanks go out to the Alpha Media radio stations including, KTJJ-FM, KREI-FM and KJFF-FM for raising awareness for the need for blood products.
“We truly appreciate the continued support from the Alpha Media stations and their listeners,” said Lori Stone, district manager, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “This one-day drive helps keep our shelves stocked for the patients who need it most. The Farmington and Festus communities have always been very generous with their support of this blood drive and we are grateful.”
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.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The Red Cross must collect more than t 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to those fighting cancer.
While all blood types are needed, those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code J98, 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.
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.