Media Contact: Alan Ruiz
(817) 771-2754 | Alan.Ruiz@redcross.org
DALLAS, October 6, 2022 — The need doesn't stop when bad weather hits! Hurricanes can often cancel blood drives and keep donors from giving. We're calling on donors in unimpacted areas to sign up to give now and help maintain supplies.
In alignment with recent changes to FDA eligibility guidance, the Red Cross has updated its donor eligibility for individuals who spent time in certain European countries and were previously considered to have been exposed to a potential risk of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, commonly referred to as mad cow disease. Those who lived in or were stationed in the UK, Ireland or France who have never tried to give blood may now be eligible to give blood with the Red Cross, effective Oct. 3, 2022.
In addition, we're also asking people who are Black to give blood to help improve blood availability & health outcomes for patients with Sickle Cell disease. Your blood may be the best match for those who need blood transfusions to treat sickle disease complications! A single patient with Sickle Cell disease may need 1,000s of blood transfusions in their lifetime. Most patients with the disease are of African descent, and blood donors who are Black are almost 3x times more likely to be a match for the blood they most commonly need.
Donors can schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood Donation Centers
One of the easiest ways to give is to schedule an appointment at a blood donation center. There are two Red Cross blood and platelet donation centers in the North Texas Region. They are in Irving and Plano.
Irving Blood and Platelet Donation Center
2511 West Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Plano Blood and Platelet Donation Center
741 N US-Central Expressway, Suite 1000
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Oct. 10 - Oct. 31:
Blood drive safety
The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.
How to donate blood
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. 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 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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/northtexas or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNTX.
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