Red Cross and NFL team up to offer donors a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl

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***Critical need for blood donors after the holidays

 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho. (Jan. 6, 2020) — The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

 

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.  

 

“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

 

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the 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.

 

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.

 

“The Red Cross appreciates the NFL’s support during this crucial time of year when every donation – and every donor – matters. We hope this may inspire some to make regular blood one of their New Year’s resolutions,” said Sullivan.

 

Who blood donations help

This fall, 13-year-old Josh Roy and his family learned the importance of blood donations firsthand. In October, Josh contracted a severe case of influenza B and necrotizing staph pneumonia. He was transported to the hospital, was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine that circulates blood through an artificial lung and eventually needed a tracheostomy tube. Josh has received multiple blood transfusions during his treatment.

 

“You never know when someone you love might end up needing a blood transfusion,” said Jaqueline Bakehorn, Josh’s aunt. “We are so thankful for those who have given blood and would love to see more people donate.”

 

Josh is still hospitalized but is making slow, gradual progress. He faces a long road to recovery and may need additional blood transfusions along the way.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Bannock

 

Chubbuck

1/30/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., City of Chubbuck, 5160 Yellowstone Ave.

 

Pocatello

1/16/2020: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Idaho State University Library, 850 S 9th Street

1/16/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Butte Street Building, 2300 Butte

1/17/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gold's Gym, 1800 Flandro Drive

1/22/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Pocatello Community Charter School, 995 South Arthur

1/30/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pocatello City Hall, 911 North 7th Avenue

Bingham

 

Aberdeen

1/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Aberdeen Middle School, 136 South 4th West, Main Street

 

Firth

1/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Firth High School, 329 Lincoln Street

 

Shelley

1/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelley Fire Department, 585 West Fir St

 

Bonneville

 

Idaho Falls

1/8/2020: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Idaho Falls Blood Donation Center, 1165 E 17th Street

1/9/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bureau of Land Management Forest Service, 1405 Hollipark Drive

1/11/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Ucon Idaho Stake Center, 2967 E 105 N

1/14/2020: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Idaho Falls City Building, 375 D Street

1/31/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Idaho Falls Elks Lodge #1087, 640 E Elva

1/31/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 455 W. Sunnyside Road

 

 

How to donate blood

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 have to 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 emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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*Terms and conditions apply. More information is available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl. Valid email address is required. Limit three (3) entries per presenting donor. Winner will be selected and notified via the email listed in their American Red Cross donor profile on or around Jan. 24, 2020. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Giveaway begins Jan. 1, 2020, and ends Jan. 19, 2020. The prize shall not be sold on any internet site and any ticket that has been re-sold via the internet will be nullified.

The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this giveaway in any way.