You can receive a St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt when you donate blood at the St. Louis Cardinals satellite blood drive on Tuesday, June 25 from 2-6 p.m. at Elsberry United Methodist Church.

The St. Louis Cardinal Satellite 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 can step up to the plate and saves lives by participating in this year’s event.

“It is amazing what one hour of your time can mean to patients who need blood,” Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader said in a release. “I hope fans will make a difference in our community by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood at this year’s drive.”

Donors of all blood types are needed. Those with types O, A, and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated amount 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 comfortable returned to the donor.

Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplants 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.

For more information or to donate blood, simply download American Red Cross Blood Donor App. visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code ElsberryUMC or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make and appointment. All 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 or younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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