The new American Red Cross Blood Donor App was honored this week at America’s largest forum for mobile innovation.
The CTIA Super Mobility Week exhibition and conference was held in Las Vegas Sept. 9 – 11, and the Red Cross shared information about its latest innovation to help make blood donation easier, faster and more convenient. The Lewis and Clark Blood Services Region brought its blood donation bus into the exhibit hall to capture the attention of convention-goers. And, the Red Cross exhibit caught the eye of the CEO and publisher of iPhone Life magazine, David Averbach. He stopped by the booth to learn more about the app, and on Sept. 10, he presented the Red Cross the magazine’s Best in Show Award in the category of Most Life-Changing Product.
The Blood Donor App will be featured on iPhone Life magazine's website and in the January/February print edition.
DOWNLOAD THE APP TODAY The Blood Donor App is free and available for download now. It can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.
The new app allows users to schedule and manage their donation appointments, track the lifetime impact of their donations and recruit friends and family to roll up a sleeve with them. It’s a new way to help meet the constant need for blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood each day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, children with blood disorders and others. The many features of the Blood Donor App – from the ability to schedule and manage appointments, to personalized selfies and exclusive offers, discounts and rewards – encourage donors to help save lives through the Red Cross.
Of course, eligible blood donors do not need a smart phone to schedule an appointment to give blood. Appointments can always be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.
HOW TO DONATE BLOOD 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.