Shake and roll up your sleeve: Donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross

Donors have a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland and more by coming to bid in June

Elvis Presley is best known for being the world’s first rock ‘n’ roll icon. He was also a blood donor himself! While times have changed, the need for blood has not – donors can leave a lasting legacy by donating life-saving blood or platelets with the American Red Cross.

In honor of the new Baz Luhrmann movie, ElvisAll who come to bid in June will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland for two, including a round-trip flight ticket to Memphis, plus a three-night stay at The Guest House and Elvis Entourage VIP Tour, courtesy of Graceland, a custom-designed Gibson Epiphone guitar and more. Additionally, those who come to donate June 1-30 will also receive a $5 e-gift card to the merchant of their choice. *

It is critical that the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply for patients this summer. To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross blood donation app, visit Or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The last days of COVID-19 antibody testing

All Red Cross donations of blood, platelets and plasma are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies through June 3. Donors can see if their donation contains the antibody levels needed to help COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.

Expected blood donation opportunities from 1 to 15 June:



06/15/2022: 11 AM – 5 PM, First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland Avenue

Health Insights for Donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross screens all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening of black donors will provide additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusions are an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same sex, race and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fight sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at

blood drive safety

The Red Cross follows high standards for safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to practice social distancing where possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue wearing the mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also comply with stricter face mask requirements for each state and/or local guidelines, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to make an appointment before arriving by car.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the blood donation skill on any Alexa Echo device to schedule an appointment or For more information. All types of blood are needed to ensure a reliable supply to patients. A blood donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years old in most states (16 years with parental consent where state law allows), who weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health, may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors age 18 or younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time on their next donation with RapidPass® To complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, before reaching the blood donation drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the blood donation app.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and comforts victims of disasters; It supplies us with about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches life-saving skills; distributes international humanitarian aid; Supports veterans, military personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a non-profit organization that relies on volunteers and the generosity of the American public in carrying out its mission. For more information, please visit the website or CruzRojaAmericana.orgOr visit us on Twitter at @Red Cross.

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