The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up in January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals—especially those who have recovered from COVID-19—to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage.
The Red Cross notes donors are needed to help hospital patients.
Those who donate blood or platelets this January will be entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.
Those who donate between Jan. 1 and Jan. 20 will also be entered to win the “Big Game at Home” package, including a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card.
Schedule an appointment 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.”
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows safety and infection control, and additional precautions—including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff—have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.
Upcoming donation opportunities include:
•9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Liberty Elementary School, 19818 MC 85.
•8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26, EOS Fitness, 20255 N. 59th Avenue.
•11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23, Aldea at Estrella Falls, 2400 N. Bullard Avenue.
•8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Caliber Collision, 12405 W. Camelback Road.
•10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18, Ridenow Peoria, 8546 W. Ludlow Drive.
•8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31, Peoria American Legion Post 62, 9847 W. Desert Cove Avenue.