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Critical need for blood donors after the holidays – Red Cross and NFL team up to offer donors a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on January 15, 2020 with No Comments

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager, Red Cross Indiana Ohio Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.

“The Red Cross appreciates the NFL’s support during this crucial time of year when every donation – and every donor – matters. We hope this may inspire some to make regular blood donation one of their New Year’s resolutions,” said Wilson.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

La Porte County

 

• Michigan City – 1/28/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Marquette High School, 306 W 10th Street

• Rolling Prairie – 1/21/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. John Kanty, 7012 North 600 East

• Union Mills – 1/26/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Conservation Club House, 1 Mill Pond Road

Lake County

 

• Hobart – 1/17/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th Street; 1/27/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hobart Community Center, 111 E Old Ridge Road

 

Porter County

 

• Portage  - 1/24/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Portage, 2637 McCool Road

• Valparaiso – 1/16/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 509 West Division Road; 1/20/2020: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Teresa of Avila, 1604 Lincolnway; 1/22/2020: 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Heritage Lutheran Church, 308 N Washington Street ; 1/23/2020: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., South Haven Elementary School, 395 Midway Drive ; 1/29/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Valparaiso University – Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Drive ; 1/30/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 505 Bullseye Lake Road

 

How to donate blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

*Terms and conditions apply. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl. Valid email address is required. Limit three (3) entries per presenting donor. Winner will be selected and notified via the email listed in their American Red Cross donor profile on or around Jan. 24, 2020. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Giveaway begins Jan. 1, 2020, and ends Jan. 19, 2020. The prize shall not be sold on any internet site and any ticket that has been re-sold via the internet will be nullified. The National Football League’s licensed marks (“NFL”; “National Football League” and the NFL Shield design, “Super Bowl” and the Super Bowl LIV logo) on any giveaway related materials have been reviewed by NFL and are used with permission. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this giveaway in any way.

 

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