Brianna Kelly, Regional Communications Manager
Blood donations needed to maintain a sufficient blood supply
SAN DIEGO (March 2, 2022) —The San Diego Padres and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the Padres Spring Blood Drive on Tuesday, March 15, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Budweiser Loft at Petco Park.
The Padres Spring Blood Drive comes at an important time. The Red Cross blood supply remains incredibly vulnerable – especially as doctors begin to resume elective surgeries previously delayed by the Omicron variant. It’s critical that individuals schedule a blood or platelet donation immediately to help ensure patients get the care they need as soon as possible. Fans are invited to be part of a lifesaving team and to roll up a sleeve to help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients, and others have blood products available for emergency and everyday medical care.
As a thank-you to those that come to donate blood, the Padres will provide donors with a pair of tickets to an early-season Padres game. In addition, those who come to give blood in the month of March will score a $10 Fanatics e-gift card and be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2022 MLB® All-Star Game® in Los Angeles, California. Details available at rcblood.org/team.
How to help
Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device and using sponsor code Padres. Free parking will be available at the Premier Parking Lot, at the corner of Park Blvd. & Imperial Ave.
Blood drive safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.
Save time during donation
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross Southern California Region
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 public to perform its mission. The Red Cross Southern California Region proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. In addition to carrying out disaster preparedness and response programs, blood collection, health and safety training, international services programs and supporting the military community, the Southern California Region provides nutritional counseling through its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in San Diego and helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through its Prepare SoCal and Prepare San Diego initiatives. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SoCal or cruzrojaamericana.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.