What better way to help save lives through blood donation than doing so side-by-side with a Major League Baseball player? On August 28, Houston Astros centerfielder Dexter Fowler and his wife, Aliya, teamed up with the American Red Cross by hosting a blood drive at the Greater Houston Area Chapter.
With the support of the Fowlers, 38 people rolled up a sleeve during the day’s events to give blood for someone in need. In addition to helping save lives, donors were treated to another perk—an autograph and photo op with the baseball star. It was a big “score” for donors, Fowler, and patients who are counting on lifesaving blood right now. Fowler said he wanted to show that in addition to the Astros, he is also part of another team—the Red Cross.
“Aliya and I were excited to meet everyone who came out to support the blood drive," said Fowler. "The turnout was great, we are so glad to have had the opportunity to work with the Red Cross and look forward to continuing our partnership.”
The blood drive came as the Red Cross campaign 100 Days of Summer.100 Days of Hope. is wrapping up. Between students heading back to school and end-of-summer parties, Labor Day weekend can be an especially difficult time to collect blood.
To help encourage donations around Labor Day, from August 30 to September 1, all presenting blood and platelet donors will receive a Red Cross mason jar tumbler at participating blood drives and blood donation centers, while supplies last. It’s a perfect way to sip ice cold beverages in style.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again. Platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in most 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.
Please consider donating blood this weekend or sometime in the next few weeks. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.