Visit MO Black Expo, Give the Gift of Life

August 17, 2011

American Red Cross Blood Drive Part of Expo Weekend

(St. Louis, MO, Aug., 17, 2011)


            Those attending the 20th  Missouri Black Expo at the America’s Center in St. Louis this weekend can help the American Red Cross in its efforts to restore blood supplies to adequate levels, and can also learn more about how the Red Cross helps those in need.

            The Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the America’s Center at Ninth and Washington.  On Sunday, the Red Cross will have an informational booth at the Expo to educate the public about the organization’s work.

            “This is the eighth year the Red Cross has been involved with the Black Expo, and we could not be more proud,” said Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region CEO Scott Caswell.  “We hope St. Louis area citizens visit the Expo this weekend, and also take time to donate blood.”

            Organizers and Red Cross volunteers are hoping to collect 25 pints of blood Saturday.  Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, the drive could impact 75 patients in need.  The Black Expo blood drive comes at a time when the Red Cross is rebounding from historically low blood donations in May and June, and is seeing blood products go to hospitals just as quickly as they are coming in.

            Anyone who attempts to donate at the Black Expo blood drive will automatically be entered into a drawing to a win a $250 gas card.  Through Sept. 5, all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and donation centers will be entered into a weekly drawing for a $250 gas card.  Those who attempt to donate during the Labor Day holiday weekend will be entered to win a $1,000 gas card.  In addition, presenting donors in the St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Illinois areas can receive a voucher to purchase discounted St. Louis Rams football tickets.

            To schedule an appointment to donate blood during the Black Expo or at other Red Cross blood drives and donation centers, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit to make an appointment today. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at