Nelson Cruz helping Red Cross raise awareness of need for blood

July 17, 2013

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

Locally, MLB Outfielder, Nelson Cruz is helping to raise the awareness of the need for blood by dropping by a blood drive to be held at the Dallas Red Cross to personally thank donors for rolling up their sleeves and helping to save a life.

“I am happy to be helping the Red Cross let people know about the importance of donating blood,” said Nelson Cruz. “I always enjoy meeting the fans and this time I am looking forward to thanking those fans who gave blood.”

Dallas Chapter Red Cross Blood Drive

Mon., July 22, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

4800 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas

All presenting donors at the Dallas Chapter blood drive will receive an autographed Nelson Cruz photo.

Appointments to this drive can be made by logging onto, sponsor code: arcdallas.

“Ensuring blood is on hospital shelves for those in need is our mission, but we can’t fulfill that mission alone,” said Steve Nagle, CEO, Southwest Blood Services Region.  “We thank everyone  who helps us by attending this blood drive.

Donors of all blood types – especially O negative, A negative and B negative – are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood now to help avert a summer shortage.