Donate Blood - Win a Trip to the Super Bowl?Jan 11, 2023 12:29PM ● By Mb News Staff
Give blood - and win a trip to the Super Bowl? Yes, January is National Blood Donor Month, and blood donors are needed now more than ever. As an extra incentive to donate blood, anyone who donates between now and the end of the month will have a chance to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.
January is a critical month for blood donations, according to the Red Cross. 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 - but the need remains.
That's why the Red Cross, along with Pro Football Hall of Famer and blood donor Peyton Manning, have created a "Super Bowl incentive."
Anyone who gives blood, platelets or plasma from now through January 31 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.
“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," said Manning in a statement. "A single individual is certainly impactful, but a whole team of people coming together to donate has an even greater effect.”
Donors don't need to go far. On this Saturday, January 15, there's a blood drive at Manhattan Beach Community Church from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
But if you can't make it that day, there are plenty of others in the area before the end of the month. (January 12 at Hermosa Beach City Hall, January 16 at Cold Stone Creamery in El Segundo, January 18 at Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne, January 23 at Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club, just to name a few nearby opportunities.)
To book a time to give, visit RedCrossBlood.org, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Giving Blood or Volunteering at a Blood Drive
All blood types are needed to ensure that there is 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.
If you're not eligible to donate blood, you can still help by becoming a 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 that lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.