The St. Louis Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross encourage fans to step up to the plate and donate blood to help save lives June 13-15 at various St. Louis area locations. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last.
"Donating blood is a great way to help those who need it most," said Randal Grichuk, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder. "I encourage everyone to come out and donate blood during this year's blood drive and make a difference."
In addition, there will be giveaways at each location, and Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be making appearances at select locations June 14 and 15.
Area heroes have given more than 10,550 pints of blood at the St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive since its inception in 2004.
Every day, the Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of hospital patients across the country. Eligible donors are needed to help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.
To schedule an appointment to give at the St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code CARDS or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
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 donors can now 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, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross