Community Invited to 34th Annual Media for Red Cross Blood Drive
Helping to save lives is a Gulf Coast tradition since 1988
BILOXI, Miss. (May 21, 2021) — Since 1988, the American Red Cross has partnered with local media to help maintain a substantial summer blood supply. The community is invited to celebrate summer and help save lives at the 34rd annual Media for Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23 at multiple locations on the Gulf coast. All presenting blood donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and other special treats, while supplies last!*
The Red Cross urges those who feel healthy to make it a summer full of life by donating blood. Your donation helps ensure blood remains available for patients who rely on transfusions.
Donated blood is a lifesaving gift most healthy people can give. The community is encouraged to donate blood to help those who have been seriously injured and need blood products to help them recover. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives.
Every day, the American Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. While all blood types are needed, type O negative donors are especially important. Because it is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients of any blood type, type O negative blood is what emergency personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.
“The need for blood is constant and volunteer donors are the only source to help patients in need,” said Annette Rowland, Communications Director, Red Cross Alabama and Mississippi Region. “WLOX, WXXV, Coast Radio Group and the Sun Herald have been committed partners, and these blood drives will assist the Red Cross to have a readily available blood supply, which is critical for patients whose survival depends on transfusion.”
Eligible donors with type O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at these locations. Power Reds give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
Help save lives at one of the following blood drives:
6/21/21: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pascagoula Senior Center 1912 Live Oak Ave., Pascagoula.
6/21/20: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Randolph Senior Center Building 315 Clark Ave., Pass Christian
6/22/20: noon – 7 p.m., Edgewater Mall (old Champs) 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
6/23/20: noon – 7 p.m., Edgewater Mall (old Champs) 2600 Beach Blvd., Biloxi
How to donate blood
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. sponsor code: gulfcoast.
Donors of all blood types are needed. 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device 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.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
*Offers and items are non-transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Items are available while supplies last.
**Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.