DALLAS, Texas (July 18, 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 redcrossblood.org, 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.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodSW.