Fredbird and Team Fredbird to appear daily at select locations
ST. LOUIS (June 13, 2019) — It is Time To Fly and that means rolling up a sleeve and saving lives. The St. Louis Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross invite fans to donate blood at the 16th annual St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive June 18-20. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last.
The St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive always comes at a critical time of year. The summer months come with travel and various activities that cause fewer donors to give blood. Those who have a desire to help others can step up to the plate and help save lives by participating in this year’s event. There are a total of 24 locations associated with this year’s drive.
“It is amazing what one hour of your time can mean to patients who need blood,” said Harrison Bader, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder. “I hope Cardinals fans will make a difference in our community by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood at this year’s drive.”
In addition, there will be giveaways at each location and Cardinals mascot Fredbird and Team Fredbird will be making appearances at select locations daily.
On June 11, the American Red Cross launched the Missing Types campaign to raise awareness for lifesaving blood donations and urge the public to make an appointment to give blood this summer.
During the Missing Types campaign, the letters A, B and O – the letters representing the main blood groups – are disappearing from brands, social media pages, signs and websites to illustrate the critical role blood donors
play in helping patients. When the letters A, B and O vanish from everyday life, the gaps are striking. And when A, B, O and AB blood types go missing from hospital shelves, patient care and medical treatments are affected.
Since its inception in 2004, more than 12,000 donations of blood have been collected at the St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive. This year we are anticipating collecting more than 1,370 units of lifesaving blood donations.
16th Annual St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive:
Tuesday, June 18
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge #1721, 4 Elks Drive, Crystal City, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Warrenton Elks Lodge #2662, 1101 E. Veterans Memorial Pkwy., MO.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Lion’s Den, 1001 St. Louis Ave., Valley Park, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Meramec Arnold Elks, 1515 Miller Road, Imperial, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at James J. Eagan Center, 1 James J. Eagan Center Drive, Florissant, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Hive44 Event Center, 401 Hays Hill Drive, Fenton, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Orlando’s Banquet Room, 4300 Hoffmeister Ave., St. Louis, MO. – Fredbird and Team Fredbird from 2-2:30 p.m.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville, IL
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Greater Alton Church, 506 East Airline Drive, East Alton, IL.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Turner Hall, 211 E. Cherry St., Columbia, IL.
• 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Roland Lewis Community Building, 800 S. 27th St., Mt. Vernon, IL.
Wednesday, June 19
• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Favazz’s on the Hill, 5201 Southwest Ave., St. Louis, MO. – Fredbird and Team Fredbird from 12-12:30 p.m.
• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bayless High School, 4532 Weber Road, St. Louis, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ballwin Community Center, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle Drive, Ballwin, MO.
• 11a.m. to 6 p.m. at Drury Inn & Suites Brentwood, 8700 Eager Rd., Brentwood, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Washington Elks Lodge #1559, 1459 West Fifth St., Washington, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1151 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon, MO.
• 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Woods Fort Restaurant & Banquet Center, #1 Country Club Drive, Troy, MO.
Thursday, June 20
• Noon to 6 p.m. at Farmington Community Civic Center, 2 Black Night Drive, Farmington, MO.
• Noon to 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Church-Rolla, 17 St. Patrick Lane, Rolla, MO.
• Noon to 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s UMC, 2761 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO.
• Noon to 6 p.m. at Potosi Elks Lodge 2218, 10202 W. Highway E, Potosi, MO.
• Noon to 6 p.m. at St. Charles Elks Lodge, 560 St. Peters Howell Road, St. Charles, MO. – Fredbird and Team Fredbird from 1:30-2 p.m.
• Noon to 6 p.m. at Downtown Belleville YMCA, 200 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL.
Donors of all blood types are needed at this year’s St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products. Each day, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals across the country.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code CARDS 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 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 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. ###