Community encouraged to give blood as Red Cross Blood supply is at a 10+ year low for this time of year
On January 17, Muhammad Ali would have turned 80 years old. Throughout his life, he followed his principles, one of which was giving. Since January is National Blood Donor Month, the community is invited to consider donating blood in memory of Muhammad to help those in our community who desperately need it. The Red Cross Blood Drive will take place on Monday, January 17th at the Ali Center in View Pointe Hall from 11am to 5pm.
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“Partnering with the Red Cross on Muhammad’s birthday for this community initiative aligns so well with Muhammad’s spirit of giving,” said Laura Douglas, Interim President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center. “Muhammad always said that ‘service to others was the rent you pay for your room here on earth,’ so we know he would be grateful for this blood drive.”
Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help celebrate a person’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to a loved one.
“We are excited to partner with the Ali Center to celebrate the legacy of Muhammad Ali,” said Eric Holden, District Manager-Donor Recruitment, Kentucky Region American Red Cross Blood Services. “As an organization that is built on the generosity of people giving, we believe our mission aligns perfectly with that of the Ali Center. We are excited to see this partnership grow as we work to ensure a more diverse blood supply through efforts like our Sickle Cell Initiative.”
Blood Drive Safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Additionally, precautions—including facemasks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status—have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Signing up for an appointment in advance helps reinforce the Red Cross safety guidelines.
Save Time During Donation
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online—on the day of donation—from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App. To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.
To show your support of this partnership or to share that you are giving blood on Muhammad’s birthday, please use the following hashtags on social media: #Ali80 #GreatestGiveBack