Help save lives during National Blood Donor Month
Give blood on January 16 at Saratoga Casino Hotel with the Red Cross
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (January 9, 2023) — National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 and recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while honoring those who donate. On Monday, January 16, Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive in the hotel ballroom from noon to 6pm. Members of the local community are urged to roll up a sleeve and give blood to help patients in need.
The winter months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelets to meet patient needs. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can prevent some donors from making or keeping appointments to give. Blood donors with all blood types are encouraged to make an appointment to give.
To make an appointment or to learn more, 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. Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App. 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.
“We’re proud to continue to partner with the Red Cross two times a year to help them serve those in need,” said Alex Tucker, Chief Operating Officer at Saratoga Casino Hotel. “The ongoing support we receive from the community and our team members for the blood drives is immeasurable.”
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.