Red Cross, Peyton Manning Huddle Up for a Lifesaving Play this January

Those who come to give blood or platelets during National Blood Donor Month will be entered to win a trip to Super Bowl LVII 

This January, the American Red Cross and Pro Football Hall of Famer and blood donor Peyton Manning are asking people to score big for patients in need – while getting a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona – by giving blood or platelets. 

The start of the new year marks National Blood Donor Month – a time to celebrate those who generously roll up a sleeve to keep blood products stocked for hospitals providing critical care. As the busy holiday season winds down and the threat of severe winter weather and seasonal illness cases continue to rise, January can be a tough time for donors to make and keep appointments. 

Step off the sidelines and resolve to donate blood or platelets. To book a time to give, visit RedCrossBlood.org, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. In partnership with the National Football League (NFL), those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma Jan. 1-31, 2023, will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, including access to day-of, in-stadium pre-game activities, tickets to the official Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Phoenix, three-night hotel accommodations (Feb. 10-13, 2023), plus a $500 gift card for expenses. 

To lead the offense against a potential winter blood shortage, Manning invites the public to join him in helping save lives. “If everyone does their part and we collectively commit to donating blood, we can stack up more wins for hospital patients who are counting on us. A single individual is certainly impactful, but a whole team of people coming together to donate has an even greater effect.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 9-31 

January 10

Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Clatskanie High School, 471 Bel Air, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Vancouver Blood Donation Center, Vancouver, WA, 5109 NE 82nd Ave., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

January 11

Chiles Center, 5000 N Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

LDS Church – Lakeridge, 1271 SW Overlook Dr., Lake Oswego, OR, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Westside Community Church, 18390 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Lithia & Driveway, 150 N Bartlett St., Medford, OR, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

January 14

Sunnyside Grange, 13130 SE Sunnyside, Clackamas, OR, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Vancouver Blood Donation Center, Vancouver, WA, 5109 NE 82nd Ave., 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bend Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond St., Suite 110, Bend, OR, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January 18

Compass Oncology, 1498 SE Tech Center Pl., Vancouver, WA, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

January 20

Eugene Faith Center, 1410 W. 13th Ave., Eugene, OR, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Suncrest Place Senior Living, 300 Suncrest Rd., Talent, OR, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

January 25

Northwest Medical Homes-Suzanne Way, 2644 Suzanne Way, Eugene, OR, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Visit RedCrossBlood.org and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you. 

Click here for b-roll of people giving blood.

How to donate blood 

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. 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 RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. 

Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood drives and donation sites.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!  

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.  

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.  

About the American Red Cross: 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. — American Red Cross – Cascades Region

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