Your Blood Donation Could Help Sickle Cell Patients

June 16, 2011

Your Blood Donation Could Help Sickle Cell Patients

Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive June 18, 2011

June 16, 2011

The American Red Cross will hold its 12th Annual Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at Swope Health Services at 3801 Blue Parkway in Kansas City.

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.

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.

The drive is sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, the Prince Hall Masons, and the Charles Drew Advisory Board, with media sponsorship from the Carter Broadcasting Group.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments take priority.

For your convenience, you may now schedule blood donation appointments online at  You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS. 


Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending redcross to 42227 or registering online at  


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. 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