Circulate the Love Blood Drive to be held at Samford University

February 8, 2018

The Samford University football team knows all about team work and encourages the community to come together to help save lives. The Circulate the Love blood drive with the American Red Cross will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Samford University Sullivan-Cooney Fieldhouse, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham.

This is the largest single day blood drive at Samford with a goal of collecting 250 pints of blood for hospital patients in need. As a thank you, presenting donors will receive a special Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, swag from the football team and will be entered to win a gift card.

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Ongoing winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. Blood donations are critically needed now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

“Despite the winter weather and busy schedules, the need for blood remains steady and patients rely on generous volunteers to donate,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment, Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “We look forward to seeing the Samford University community help their neighbors and others in need of blood.”

Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit and use sponsor code SAMFORDFOOTBALL 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 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 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross