NORFOLK, Neb. (Feb. 25, 2019) — The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood donors of all blood types, and they’re partnering with a beloved series to encourage people to come in and donate.
Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone
To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone this March. This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history – with six days of coordinated giving March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the U.S., including an immersive blood drive experience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
As part of the partnership, fans who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of Game of Thrones. The trip includes travel for two, up to two nights hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card for expenses. Terms and conditions apply and are available at RedCrossBlood.org/HBOGameofThrones.
Additionally, those who come to donate March 7-12 will also receive exclusive Game of Thrones swag including a T-shirt, stickers to unlock a unique Snapchat filter and other items, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 25-March 31
2/27/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wisner City Auditorium, 1001 Ave D
3/2/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Keene Memorial Library Central Library, 1030 N Broad Street
3/6/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Walmart, 3010 East 23rd Ave North
3/9/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Fremont Mall, 860 East 23rd Street
3/25/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fremont Community, 1710 W 16th Street
3/26/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fremont Community, 1710 W 16th Street
3/5/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Logan View High School, 2163 County Road G
3/27/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., North Bend High School, 1320 Walnut St
3/25/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Scribner-Snyder High School, 400 Pebble Box L
3/26/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 300 S 2nd St
3/5/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mead Public Schools, 114 North Vine
3/8/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saunders County Medical Center, 1760 County Rd J
3/22/2019: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Bishop Neumann High School, 202 S Linden
2/25/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Veterans Country Club, 1581 Yutan Road
3/6/2019: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arlington High School, 705 9th ST
3/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Lutheran Church, 2146 Wright St.
3/23/2019: 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.