Pro Football Hall of Famer and blood donor Jerry Rice has joined together with American Red Cross and Suburban Propane to encourage the community to commit to a simple act with a powerful impact — giving blood for patients in need.
“I was always afraid of needles, so nervous,” Rice said, noting how the care of Red Cross blood collections staff helped put him at ease. “After I got past that I was OK, and I felt really proud. And, you know, you don’t know where your blood is going to go, but you just know that it’s probably going to help save lives.”
Rice encourages others to join him in donating blood.
“Here’s your chance to make a difference,” Rice added. “You never know who you might be helping. It could be a friend or a family member who needs blood — and that’s why it’s so important.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets or plasma, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
As a thank you, Suburban Propane is fueling a lifetime of road-tripping memories with a special opportunity for donors who answer the call to give power to patients this spring. Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma from April 19 to May 19 will be automatically entered to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight, plus a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice, all courtesy of Suburban Propane. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/impact to learn more.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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