Kansas City Royals Shortstop Miguel Tejada Supports Red Cross

May 22, 2013

On May 18, Kansas City Royals star Miguel Tejada dropped by the American Red Cross Oakland Blood Donation Center to visit with local blood donors and deliver an assortment of autographed memorabilia. The shortstop mingled with donors for about an hour – taking pictures and signing autographs.

“This was a special treat for our blood donors,” American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region CEO Jeff Meyer said. “It is nice to see a sports star come out on his own personal time to acknowledge and support the crucial role blood donors play in the health of the community. Our sincere gratitude goes out to Mr. Tejada.”

Recently, the Red Cross has received a number of visits from baseball players (see list below). Local Red Cross employee Rafael Adames, a native of the Dominican Republic, has been working to coordinate the visits.

“I’ve been friends with a lot of Dominican baseball players for years and I know how important it is culturally for them to give back to the community,” Adames said. “Inviting them to support the Red Cross to help to save lives is a perfect pitch. The players are very excited to help.”

Adames has reached out to many other popular baseball players, many of whom also have expressed an interest in donating autographed items and visiting with blood donors in the Bay Area. Check our website periodically for updates on any subsequent appearances.

All donated memorabilia will be given to local blood and platelet donors through a series of drawings this summer. Details will be announced at a later date.

Photo galleries of player visits:

Kansas City Royals shortstop Miguel Tejada | May 18

Texas Rangers stars Nelson Cruz and Leonys Martin | May 14

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Santiago Casilla | May 7

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 redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.