“Be Extraordinary” and Help Patients in Need

August 1, 2011

Red Cross appeal for blood donations continues


August 1, 2011- Every blood donation is critical to patient care. The Red Cross is reaching out to eligible blood donors, sponsors and community leaders to ask them to recruit blood donors to help meet the needs of patients in communities across the United States.


In effort to help with this summer’s blood shortage, the St. Louis Rams are partnering with the American Red Cross to encourage healthy individuals to “Be Extraordinary” and turn their typical summer day into an extraordinary gift for a patient in need. 


From now through September 5, 2011 all those who attempt to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center will receive an opportunity to purchase discounted Rams tickets ($10-$15.00 savings) at the Rams website https://www.stlouisrams.com/redcross, and be entered to win a weekly $250 gas card drawing. 


American Red Cross blood supplies remain seriously low.  Blood products are going out to area hospitals just as quickly as donations are coming in.  In addition, the massive heat wave encompassing much of the country is hurting blood collections at a time when the Red Cross has been working to rebuild its inventories to adequate levels.


Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets.  Platelets may be donated at an American Red Cross blood donation center.  Platelets aid in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding and are vital in helping patients with leukemia or other cancers.