TUCSON, AZ — KGUN 9 On Your Side and the American Red Cross are asking for your help to make our Black Friday blood drive a success, by donating a pint of blood on November 27, 2020, between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
We know you’re busy this time of year, and so are those who regularly donate blood and platelets. In fact, many delay giving during the busy holiday season – but the need for blood doesn’t take a break.
That’s why the American Red Cross needs your help now.
COVID-19 precautions will be in place, and all donors at this drive will receive a COVID-19 antibody test and a free American Red Cross t-shirt. Walk-ups are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred and by registering in advance, you can be in and out in a jiffy and back to your day!
- RapidPass® – Donors can complete their pre-donation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes at their donation. In September, RapidPass became available on mobile devices, giving donors the ability to complete their RapidPass from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- Blood Donor App – Through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders, and keep track of total blood donations – all from the palm of their hand.
- Online appointment scheduling – Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org.
“The Red Cross is thankful for the generosity of donors who help keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products, but we know that the holiday activities that we cherish most can make it difficult for many regular donors to find a moment to donate this time of year,” said Christine Welch, communications manager, Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region. “We hope technologies like online appointment scheduling, the Blood Donor App and RapidPass will make it a little easier for donors to give more life for patients this holiday season.”
How to donate blood
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, 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.