GOAL! FC Dallas teams with American Red Cross to help save lives

March 26, 2012

Donate and score two complimentary vouchers to a select FC Dallas home game

Kicking off American Red Cross month, the Red Cross is partnering with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer to encourage community members to donate blood and help patients in need. Anyone who donates to the Red Cross during the month of March will receive two complimentary vouchers to select FC Dallas home games*. Vouchers must be redeemed two weeks prior to the event; all tickets will be seated together and placed in will-call for pick-up day of game.

For nearly 100 years, U.S. Presidents called on Americans to support the Red Cross and its humanitarian mission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first to proclaim March Red Cross Month in 1943. Every president since Roosevelt followed suit by issuing proclamations designating March Red Cross Month.

“It is an exciting opportunity to be able to combine the spirit of giving back through FC Dallas with Red Cross month to engage the public to help anyone in need whether it be shelter, emotional support or blood,” said Tessa Recendes, volunteer Red Cross blood drive coordinator. “The FC Dallas organization is thrilled to partner with the Red Cross to encourage community members to donate blood and help patients in need.”

The Red Cross urges those who are healthy to donate blood or platelets to help revive the nation’s blood supply. Because someone needs blood every two seconds, patients depend on consistent voluntary donations. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossbloood.org to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive.

*Does not apply for any blood drives held at high schools or at the Red Cross blood donor center.

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an 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 18 and younger.

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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.