The American Red Cross is asking donors to be part of lifesaving change by giving blood or platelets this month. That’s why the Red Cross and KFC Yum! Center are teaming up to urge donors of all blood types – especially type O – to roll up a sleeve at the >Stars, Stripes & Pints Blood Drive July 5 - 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, in Louisville.
All presenting donors will receive free parking, courtesy of The Parking Authority of River City (PARC) Center parking garage – accessible from both Second and Third Street entrances, an exclusive Red Cross cotton tote bag, and one free ticket to King’s Island or other Cedar Fair locations,* while supplies last.
As an added incentive, donors will also be entered into a raffle with prizes including: A University of Louisville signed basketball by coaches Kenny Payne and Jeff Walz, two Shawn Mendes concert tickets for August 12, and two Lumineers concert tickets for August 31.*
(*Offers and items are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash.)
Blood donations decline in the summer months due to vacations, family events, and holiday weeks. Unfortunately, the increased amount of travel and water activities in the summer leads to an increase in trauma accidents. Blood donations can help ensure trauma patients don’t have to wait to receive the care they need in an emergency.
“Traditionally during the summer, around holidays like Independence Day, blood donations often don’t keep pace with patient needs,” said Cyndi Dahl, regional donor services executive for the Red Cross Kentucky Blood Services Region. “With the high number of trauma and emergency room visits our hospitals are responding to lately, the need for donors to give blood is far greater than this time last year.
The Stars, Stripes & Pints Blood Drive provides an opportunity for family and friends who are healthy and well to help prevent further impact to patients by making a blood donation to support seriously ill and critically injured patients.
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements. In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.
Blood drive safety
The Red Cross follows safety protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Donors, staff, and volunteers are not currently required to wear masks or social distance. The Red Cross standards for cleaning and sanitizing remain the same.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face mask while at the drive, in alignment with state or local guidance.
Blood Drive Details: WHEN: >Tuesday, July 5-7, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. WHERE: KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, Louisville, Ky. 40202 PARKING: The Parking Authority of River City (PARC) will provide free parking for blood drive participants in the KFC Yum! Center parking garage, accessible from the Third Street entrance. ENTRANCE: Presenting donors must enter the KFC Yum! Center from the west side of the main entrance off Main Street. This entrance is also accessible from the elevator located on the Third Street side of the parking garage.
How to donate blood
Simply download the >American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit >RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code StarsStripesPints or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 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 are required 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.