Your Blood Donation Could Help Sickle Cell Patients

June 13, 2012

Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive June 23


The American Red Cross will hold its 13th Annual Charles Drew Commemorative Blood Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Omega Center at 3900 Goodfellow in Saint Louis.

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."  

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 National PanHellenic Council, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Prince Hall Masons, 100 Black Men, Links, Inc. – St. Louis Chapter, Omega Center, St. Louis University Cancer Center, American Red Cross – St. Louis Chapter and Family & Youth Service Center, with media sponsorship from Radio One.

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. 



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 more than 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 join our blog at