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Posted: Jan 06, 2020 12:19 PMUpdated: Jan 06, 2020 12:25 PM

Red Cross Partners with NFL to Get More Blood Donors

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Garrett Giles

With the holidays behind us, the American Red Cross is looking for any blood donors that they can find.

Currently, the Red Cross has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – to help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. 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 (54) in Miami.

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Saturday, Dec. 21st through New Year’s Day. 

Paul Sullivan, the Senior Vice President of Red Cross Biomedical Service, said in a statement: “Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday. Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood now until Sunday, Jan. 19th will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at

A list of blood upcoming donation sites by local counties can be found below:

Nowata County:


1/30/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Jane Phillips Nowata Health Center, 237 S. Locust Street


Rogers County:


1/21/2020: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Frank Mobra Field House, 1910 North Florence

1/22/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hillcrest Hospital Claremore, 1202 N. Muskogee

1/29/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Centennial Center, 1701 West Will Rogers Blvd


Washington County:


1/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 601 South Jennings

1/20/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 601 South Jennings

1/22/2020: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Jane Phillips Medical Center, 3500 E. Frank Phillips Blvd.

1/22/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Jane Phillips Medical Center, 3500 E. Frank Phillips Blvd.

1/27/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Phillips Building, 420 S. Keller

1/28/2020: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Phillips Building, 420 S. Keller


1/30/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Copan High School, 527 E. Hornet Lane

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