The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge people – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage. Right now, more donors are needed to help hospital patients.
Those who come to donate blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. In addition, those who come to give Jan. 1-20 will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package for an awesome viewing experience safely at home, with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.
Citizens can schedule an appointment to give blood today with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.
“Blood and plasma donors who have recovered from COVID-19 may have the power to help critically ill patients currently battling the virus,” said Dr. Erin Goodhue, Red Cross medical director of clinical services. “With hospital distributions for convalescent plasma increasing about 250% since October, these generous donations are vital in helping to save lives throughout the winter – a time that is often challenging to collect enough blood products for those in need.”
As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma – leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product. Like “special teams” units on the field, COVID-19 survivors have a unique ability to make a game-changing difference in the lives of COVID-19 patients. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their plasma that could provide a patient’s immune system the boost it needs to beat the virus.
Local, upcoming blood donation opportunities through Jan. 31 include the following.
St. Francois County
- Jan. 28, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church - Desloge, 800 S. Grant St.
- Jan. 11: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 609 E. Columbia
- Jan. 19: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., VFW Hall, 814 East Karsch Blvd.
- Jan. 26: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Parkland Health Center, 1101 West Liberty
Ste. Genevieve County
- Jan. 26: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bloomsdale Elementary School, 6279 U.S. Highway 61