Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each American Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But, this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.
Locally, Texas Ranger Outfielder Nelson Cruz is helping to raise the awareness of the need for blood this summer. He attended a blood drive at Inglesia Adventista Church 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.”
All presenting donors at the Iglesia Adventista blood drive received an autographed Nelson Cruz photo.
To support summer holiday donations, all donors who present to between July 1 and July 15 will also be entered for a chance to win a $3000 American Express gift card.
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.