Give blood in St. Louis area to help sickle cell patients

June 4, 2013

Annual Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drives June 15, 22


ST. LOUIS (May 31, 2013) – Local blood donors will once again have an opportunity to potentially help sickle cell patients by giving blood at the 14th annual Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drives June 15 and June 22.


By matching patients with sickle cell disease to designated blood donors from the African-American community, the Charles Drew Community Blood Donation campaign is designed to spread the word through the African-American community about the need for blood.


"The Red Cross is committed to being a part of the life saving process for patients needing blood products, including those suffering from sickle cell disease,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region.  “With the assistance of our blood drive sponsors, volunteers, and our blood donors, we strive to give hope to as many patients as possible."  


Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drives:


June 15

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Life Community Church

1919 State Street, East St. Louis, Ill.


June 22

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Omega Center

3900 Goodfellow, St. Louis.


Sickle cell disease is prevalent in the African-American community, and often donors with the same ethnic background provide the best match.  Sickle cell patients can need up to four units of blood per week, meaning matching donors can donate blood throughout the year to help the patient manage the disease over time.

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

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.