Get ready to kick up your boots and roll up your sleeve this summer by donating blood with the American Red Cross and KAT 103 Country. The community can help save lives at the “This Is How We Roll” Up Our Sleeve Blood Drive, Thursday, Sept. 7. As a thank you for donating, the first 10 people who come out to donate will receive a pair of tickets to see Florida Georgia Line at the Concord Pavilion show Sept. 15, courtesy of KAT Country.
“This is How We Roll” Up Our Sleeve Blood Drive will be hosted at the Stockton Blood Donation Center, 2888 W. March Lane, Stockton from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7. Fans will have the opportunity to see DJ Walker broadcast live from the Red Cross Stockton Blood Donation Center on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and meet the KAT street crew.
The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month in September to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.
“KAT Country 103 and the Red Cross are calling out to the community to help save lives by donating blood,” said Geri Ostil Hernandez, local market manager, Red Cross West Blood Services Division. “This drive comes at the end of the summer season, which has been a difficult time for the Red Cross to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Donating at this drive helps ensure blood remains available for hospitals.”
All who present to donate during the Sept. 7 drive also will be entered into a drawing to win box seats and VIP Club access at the Concord Pavilion show Sept. 15. In addition, those who come out to give blood will receive a coupon for a free haircut from Sport Clips Haircuts via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2017, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.
A readily available blood supply is needed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.
Appointments are encouraged, though walk-ins are always welcome. To schedule a donation, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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.