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Red Cross announces Joined by Blood partnerships to help increase blood donations
OAKLAND, CA. Sept. 19, 2023 — Two years ago, the American Red Cross launched the Sickle Cell Initiative to increase the number of blood donations for those facing sickle cell disease. During Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September and continuing through October, the Red Cross is focusing on the powerful connection between blood donors and patients with Joined by Blood.
As part of Joined by Blood, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Kier’s Hope Foundation, Inc., historically Black colleges and universities and member organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Black Radio Hall of Fame, and others are showing up for patients by hosting blood drives around the country this fall. To learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/OurBlood. The Red Cross is proud to partner with organizations focused on mentorship to put focus on the importance of support for young sickle cell warriors.
Sickle cell disease impacts more than 100,000 people across the country, most of whom are of African descent. Regular blood transfusions are critical to managing extreme pain and life-threatening complications faced by many. One in 3 African American blood donors is a match for people with sickle cell disease. By making a blood donation this fall, donors can help those with sickle cell manage their symptoms and feel the support of their community. Book a time to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 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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