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Red Cross teams with NFL to urge blood and plasma donation during National Blood Donor Month

January 11 - 30

Give blood now and earn a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVI

Those recovered from COVID-19 needed to tackle convalescent plasma shortage

 

Portland, Ore. (Jan. 5, 2021) – The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage. Right now, more donors are needed to help hospital patients.

 

During this critical time, the Red Cross and NFL are thrilled to offer all those who come to donate an opportunity to receive a special thank you this month. Those who come to donate blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.* In addition, those who come to give January 1-20, will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package for an awesome viewing experience safely at home, with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.**

 

Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood today with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa. 

 

“Blood and plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19 may have the power to help critically ill patients currently battling the virus,” said Dr. Erin Goodhue, Red Cross medical director of clinical services. “With hospital distributions for convalescent plasma increasing about 250% since October, these generous donations are vital in helping to save lives throughout the winter – a time that is often challenging to collect enough blood products for those in need.”

 

As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma – leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product. Like “special teams” units on the field, COVID-19 survivors have a unique ability to make a game-changing difference in the lives of COVID-19 patients. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their plasma that could provide a patient’s immune system the boost it needs to beat the virus.

 

How those recovered from COVID-19 can help

There are two ways COVID-19 survivors can help – through a convalescent plasma donation or by simply giving whole blood. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. Health emergencies don’t pause for holidays, game days or a pandemic – blood is needed every two seconds in the U.S. to help patients battling injury and illness.

 

Blood donation safety precautions

To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.

 

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities (Jan. 5-31, 2021):

 

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Crook

 

Prineville

1/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Joseph Catholic Church, 150 SE 1st Street, PO Box 1315

1/21/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Prineville Church of Christ, 1095 NE 3rd St.

1/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Elks Lodge 1814, 151 N Main Street

2/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Joseph Catholic Church, 150 SE 1st Street, PO Box 1315

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Deschutes

 

Bend

1/4/2021: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/5/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Growler Guys, 2699 NE Highway 20

1/5/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/6/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., LDS – Mtn View Ward, 1260 NE Thompson

1/7/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/8/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/11/2021: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/12/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/13/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/13/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tumalo Community Church, 64671 Bruce Avenue

1/14/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/15/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/18/2021: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/18/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Eastmont Church, 62425 Eagle Rd

1/19/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/20/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/21/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pickleball Zone, 63040 NE 18th Street

1/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/22/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/22/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Elks Lodge Bend #1371, 63120 Boyd Acres Road

1/25/2021: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Immersion Brewing, 550 SW Industrial Way

1/26/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/27/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

1/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bend Parks & Recreation, 799 SW Columbia St

1/29/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

2/1/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Foundry Church, 60 NW Oregon Ave

2/1/2021: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

2/2/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

2/3/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

2/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

2/5/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

2/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110

 

Redmond

1/5/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., LDS – Redmond OR Stake, 450 SW Rimrock

1/7/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lowe’s, 1313 SW Canal Blvd

1/18/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grange 812, 707 SW Kalama

1/19/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., LDS – Redmond OR Stake, 450 SW Rimrock

2/1/2021: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St Charles Medical Center-Redmond, 1253 N. Canal Blvd.

2/2/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., LDS – Redmond OR Stake, 450 SW Rimrock

 

Sisters

1/4/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sisters Community Hall, 301 SE Elm St

1/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Church of Transfiguration, 68825 Brookes Camp Road

2/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sisters Community Hall, 301 SE Elm St

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Harney

 

Hines

1/7/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., LDS – Burns Ward, 600 N. Saginaw

1/8/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., LDS – Burns Ward, 600 N. Saginaw

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Jefferson

 

Madras

1/20/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 49 NE 12th Street

 

Terrebonne

1/27/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dayspring Christian Center, 7801 N 7th Street

 

About blood donation

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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