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Blues to hold 15th annual Blood Drive on Jan. 20

Locations in MO and IL available from noon - 7 p.m. for blood donations, Enterprise Center open 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

ST. LOUIS - For the 15th consecutive year the American Red Cross, the St. Louis Blues, Bally Sports Midwest and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield encourage all donors to roll up a sleeve this winter and help patients in need by donating blood at the St. Louis Blues Blood Drive, Thursday, Jan. 20.

Blues fans will have the opportunity to donate blood at one of nine convenient locations - including Enterprise Center - in Missouri and Illinois from noon to 7 p.m. Everyone who presents to donate will receive a specially designed, yellow Blues T-shirt, while supplies last.

Concern is rising for the nation's blood supply, which has dipped to concerning levels and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions. The Red Cross is facing a dangerous situation unless more donors give now. Some patients requiring transfusion may not receive the blood products they need. Donors of all blood types - particularly type O blood, the most needed blood group by hospitals -are still needed daily to meet demand. Through seasonal challenges and the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donors to help ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it.

"As we work to overcome severe blood shortages, we appreciate the generosity of the Blues, their staff and Blues fans," said Beth Elders, Executive Director, American Red Cross of Greater St. Louis. "We are grateful to the Blues and Bally Sports Midwest for their continued partnership and hope the passionate Blues fan base will once again come out in force to donate to help patients in need."

Click here for blood drive locations and registration; more info can be found at RedCrossBlood.org.

January is also National Blood Donor Month, the perfect time to resolve to be a regular blood donor and help save lives with the American Red Cross. Winter weather and seasonal illness tend to ramp up this month and drive blood donation down. This is just one reason why National Blood Donor Month is observed every January.

Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood and more than 2,600 platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide, including 66 hospitals in Missouri and Southeastern/Southwestern Illinois.

How to donate blood

Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org, and enter sponsor code: BLUES, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. 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 drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions - including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status - have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

 

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