Red Cross

Critical Need for Blood Donors after the Holidays

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Amanda Romney/American Red Cross

The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

As a special thank-you, those who donate blood Now through January 19 will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Big Game live. For more information visit

To locate an upcoming blood donation opportunity for American Red Cross North Texas Region, click here and enter your zip code.

How to Donate Blood:

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 or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or Twitter @RedCross.

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