On the same day the American Red Cross launched a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App, supporters came together to set a new world record.
Supporters gathered in Las Vegas’ Container Park Tuesday night with smartphones in hand as a representative from RecordSetter looked on and gave the crowd instructions. They formed a circle and opened their app stores. After everyone had a chance to find the Blood Donor App, and after a short countdown, each member of the circle pressed “install” on the phone of the person to his left.
Each smartphone user completed his own installation as RecordSetter representatives verified everyone’s downloads. In the end, 45 new and veteran Red Cross blood donors helped set the new world record for apps downloaded in circle. Those 45 people now hold the power to save a life in the palm of their hands.
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 makes it easier, faster and more convenient for 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.