Give Blood, Watch Hockey

October 12, 2010

WATERLOO, Iowa – Those who help save lives this fall by presenting to donate blood will have the chance to see a Waterloo Black Hawks hockey game, courtesy of the Black Hawks, KWWL-TV and the American Red Cross. On October 16, eligible donors are invited to join the Black Hawks at Young Arena for the first-ever Give Blood, Watch Hockey American Red Cross Blood Drive.

Every presenting donor will receive a complimentary Waterloo Black Hawks ticket to a hockey game in January. In addition, presenting donors can enter a raffle to win an Action Pack of tickets good for any game during the 2010 Black Hawks regular season or tickets to the Thanksgiving Day game where the Black Hawks take on the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

Give Blood, Watch Hockey Blood Drive

Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Young Arena, 125 Commercial Street, Waterloo

Sponsored by the Waterloo Black Hawks and KWWL-TV

“This is a great opportunity to thank our dedicated donors and give them the opportunity to see their hometown hockey team in action,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the American Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “In about an hour, you can help save lives simply by rolling up your sleeve.”

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission 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. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.