11th annual American Red Cross St. Louis Blues/FS Midwest blood drive is Jan. 31; Louie and Blue Crew to visit locations

January 29, 2018
 

ST. LOUIS, MO. — The St. Louis Blues, Fox Sports Midwest, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the American Red Cross encourage donors to help patients get back in the game by donating blood Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the 11th annual St. Louis Blues Blood Drive.

Fans will have the opportunity to give blood at eight locations in Missouri and Illinois. Everyone who presents to donate will receive a specially designed Blues T-shirt, while supplies last. In addition, Blues mascot Louie will be appearing at various locations for 30-45 minutes with of the Blue Crew. A full schedule of blood drive locations and Louie locations are listed below in this release.

This year’s Blues Blood Drive comes as the Red Cross faces a winter blood shortage. Winter storms this month have forced many blood drives to cancel causing thousands of blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. 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 as fast as they are coming in. 

“We now have a critical need for blood donations,” said Todd Wagner, Director of Donor Recruitment, American Red Cross, Missouri-Illinois Region. “Weather has really made it challenging for us since the start of the year, as well as cold and flu season hitting us harder than ever. This drive is so important for us, and we are grateful to the Blues and each of these locations for helping us.”

The St. Louis Blues Blood Drive will be held Jan. 31. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code Blues or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Drive will run from 1-7 p.m. at the following locations:

St. Louis Blues Blood Drive

Missouri

The Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle Drive, Ballwin, Mo. 63021

The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave, Richmond Heights, Mo. 63117

River Chase, 990 Horan, Fenton, Mo. 63026

Meramec Arnold Elks Lodge, 1515 Miller Road, Imperial, Mo. 63052

St. Louis Outlet Mall, 5555 St. Louis Mills Blvd., Hazelwood, Mo. 63042

Favazza’s on the Hill, (Banquet Center) 5201 Southwest Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139

Old Hickory (Banquet Center), 1 Dye Clue Drive, St. Peter, Mo. 63304 

Illinois

American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL. 62234 

Louie and Blue Crew Schedule

· 12 p.m. – Louie and Blue Crew – Favazza’s, St. Louis

· 1 p.m. – Louie and Blue Crew – The Heights, Richmond Heights

· 2 p.m. – Louie and Blue Crew – The Pointe, Ballwin

· 2 p.m. – Blue Crew ONLY – Old Hickory Banquet Center, St. Charles

· 3 p.m. – Louie and Blue Crew – River Chase, Fenton

· 4 p.m. – Louie and Blue Crew – Meramec Arnold Elks, Arnold

· 5 p.m. – Blue Crew ONLY – St. Louis Outlet Mall, Hazelwood

How to donate blood

Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome. 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 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.

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