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 patients in need this June. The Cardinals and the Red Cross will team up to help save lives on June 1-2 at various locations around the St. Louis metro area. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last.
"To be a hero off the field, we need to pitch in and support our community," said Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman. "You can give a patient in need a chance to get back in the game by visiting one of our blood drives and donating blood."
For more than a decade, the Cardinals have hosted Red Cross blood drives in an effort to help save lives. Blood donated at the St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive could help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Cards 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.
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.