American Red Cross says there is a “critical need for blood.” Here’s how you can help.

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Image courtesy of the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types — especially type O — and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks.

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs.

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Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood or platelets Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live.



The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® – All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at https://RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl.

“The Red Cross appreciates the NFL’s support during this crucial time of year when every donation – and every donor – matters. We hope this may inspire some to make regular blood and platelet donation one of their New Year’s resolutions,” said Sullivan.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Diamondhead

1/6/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Diamondhead Community Center, Diamondhead Community Center, Diamondhead Circle

Diberville

1/6/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Cricket Wireless, 3680 Sangani Blvd

Biloxi

1/7/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ironworks, 220 Eisenhower

Pascagoula

1/7/2020: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Pascagoula Senior Center, Pascagoula Senior Center, 1912 Live Oak Avenue

Biloxi

1/8/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Nola Lending, 2434 A Pass Road

Gulfport

1/9/2020: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Coast Radio Group, 10250 Lorraine Road

Gulfport

1/10/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Island View Casino, 3300 W. Beach Blvd.

Gulfport

1/10/2020: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Marble Slab Creamery Gulfport, 15236 Crossroads Parkway

Gulfport

1/12/2020: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Knight Nonprofit Center, 11975 Seaway Road

Gulfport

1/13/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Gulf Coast Event Center, 9475 US 49

Gulfport

1/16/2020: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Real Estate Marketplace, 516-E Courthouse

Long Beach

1/17/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Mississippi Regional Center, 1170 West Railroad

Bay Saint Louis

1/20/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, 301 S. Necaise Ave.

Gulfport

1/21/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mississippi Power Company, 2992 West Beach Blvd.

Lucedale

1/24/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wal-Mart Lucedale, 11228 Old 63 S

Waveland

1/24/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Lowes Waveland, 9020 Highway 603

Biloxi

1/27/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd

Biloxi

1/28/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 777 Beach Blvd.

Gulfport

1/28/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Blue Cliff, 12251 Bernard Parkway

Gulfport

1/29/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 11001 Highway 49

Biloxi

1/30/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., IP Casino, Resort and Spa, 850 Bayview Avenue

Diberville

1/30/2020: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Alan Belcher MMA Club, 10598 D’Iberville Blvd, Suite K

Biloxi

1/31/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., D’Iberville High School, 15625 Lamey Bridge Road

Biloxi

2/1/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Egewater Mall, Edgewater Mall, 2600 Beach Blvd.

How to donate blood

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.

“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”