Red Cross: Help tackle the critical need for blood and get a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl

Community Awareness
January 6, 2020

Critical need for blood and platelet donors after the holidays
Red Cross and NFL team up to offer donors a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Jan. 6, 2020) — 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. 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.

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. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.

“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.”

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

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

“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.

Who blood donations help
This fall, 13-year-old Josh Roy and his family learned the importance of blood donations firsthand. In October, Josh contracted a severe case of influenza B and necrotizing staph pneumonia. He was transported to the hospital, was put on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine that circulates blood through an artificial lung and eventually needed a tracheostomy tube. Josh has received multiple blood transfusions during his treatment.

“You never know when someone you love might end up needing a blood transfusion,” said Jaqueline Bakehorn, Josh’s aunt. “We are so thankful for those who have given blood and would love to see more people donate.”

Josh is still hospitalized but is making slow, gradual progress. He faces a long road to recovery and may need additional blood transfusions along the way.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Clinton County:

1/6/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Aviston Elementary School, 350 South Hull Street

1/21/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 391 Louis Street

1/22/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 480 North Walnut

1/6/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hoffman Village Hall, 110 East Park Avenue

New Baden
1/20/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 105 East Illinois Street

Fayette County:

1/16/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ramsey Grade School, 610 West 6th Street

Saint Elmo
1/9/2020: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pinnacle Foods, 1000 Brewbaker Drive

1/14/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street
1/21/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman’s Greenhouse, 1386 East 1050 Avenue

Jefferson County:

1/29/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bluford Elementary School, 907 West 6th Street

1/8/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dix Community Center, 217 North Main

1/13/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Free Will Baptist Church, 3rd and Elm Street
1/27/2020: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Rend Lake College, 468 North Kengray Parkway

Mount Vernon
1/10/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Mount Vernon Health Care Center, 5 Doctors Park Rd.
1/13/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rolland Lewis Community Building, South 27th Street
1/20/2020: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Tri County Electric Coop, 3906 W. Broadway
1/27/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, 4212 Broadway
1/28/2020: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Medline Industries, 210 North 10th Street
1/30/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Central Christian Church, 314 North 12th Street

Marion County:

1/15/2020: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Calumet Christian Church, 2240 East Calumet Street
1/15/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Raccoon Elementary School, 3601 State Route 161
1/30/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jordan Elementary, 311 Airport Road

1/14/2020: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South Central Middle School, 503 South Madison

1/12/2020: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St Theresa of Avila Catholic Church, 812 West Main
1/20/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Salem Township Hospital, 1201 Ricker Drive

Washington County:

1/23/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashley Community Building, 660 East Main Street

1/14/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Washington County Hospital-Nashville, 705 South Grand

1/16/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Peter United Church of Christ, 106 West Church

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.

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 or use the Blood Donor App.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


*Terms and conditions apply. More information is available at Valid email address is required. Limit three (3) entries per presenting donor. Winner will be selected and notified via the email listed in their American Red Cross donor profile on or around Jan. 24, 2020. Offer is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash. Void where prohibited. Giveaway begins Jan. 1, 2020, and ends Jan. 19, 2020. The prize shall not be sold on any internet site and any ticket that has been re-sold via the internet will be nullified. The National Football League’s licensed marks (“NFL”; “National Football League” and the NFL Shield design, “Super Bowl” and the Super Bowl LIV logo) on any giveaway related materials have been reviewed by NFL and are used with permission. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this giveaway in any way.