Help save lives at the CrossFit Challenge Blood Drive in Illinois July 19

July 11, 2014

Donors encouraged to give blood on behalf of their favorite CrossFit location


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (July 11, 2014) — CrossFit exercises encourage participants to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. CrossFit Edwardsville wants to help patients get back to their active lives by encouraging everyone to donate blood at the CrossFit Challenge Blood Drive on July 19.


The challenge is simple; everyone who presents to give blood at the July 19 blood drive can donate on behalf of their favorite CrossFit location. At the end of the blood drive, the CrossFit location with the highest number of presenting donors will be declared the winner and will receive a travelling trophy. The blood drive is open to everyone, so donors do not have to be affiliated with CrossFit to take part.


CrossFit Challenge Blood Drive

July 19 from 1 to 6 p.m. at CrossFit Edwardsville, 18 Kettle River Drive in Glen Carbon, Ill.


All eligible donors are encouraged to give to help maintain the summer blood supply and prevent a shortage. Donors of all blood types are currently needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. The CrossFit Challenge Blood Drive is taking place during the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. summer campaign. The campaign, which runs through Sept. 1, will encourage at least two more donors to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive – above what is expected. During the months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.


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 consent 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.