January 19 / 2021

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Hosts 11th American Red Cross Blood Drive During COVID-19 pandemic

American Red Cross Blood Drive Spotlight

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is hosting its 11th American Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, January 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Those who are healthy and feeling well are urged to give blood to maintain a stable blood supply for patients who rely on lifesaving transfusions, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, at 10 blood drives held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse since last March, 927 pints of blood were collected to help save up to 2,781 lives.

The Red Cross strongly encourages donors to schedule an appointment before showing up to donate in order to manage the flow of donors appropriately in alignment with social distancing protocols but will also work to accommodate walk-ins throughout the day. To sign up for an appointment, go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: Rocket or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Free street parking is available in the Gateway Complex on East 6th and Eagle Avenue (one-hour parking restrictions not in place for blood drive). Donors should enter Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse through the Cleveland-Cliffs Entrance on the corner of East 6th and Huron Rd. All donors and staff will be required to wear a mask inside of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

For a limited time, the Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/antibodytesting for complete details and more information.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Blood Donor Eligibility Information: The Red Cross is following FDA blood donation eligibility guidance for those who receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and deferral times may vary depending on the type of vaccine an individual receives. But there’s no deferral time if a donor receives the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. If a donor has received a COVID-19 vaccine, they will need to provide the manufacturer name when they donate. Upon vaccination, individuals should receive a card or printout indicating what COVID-19 vaccine was received, and The Red Cross encourage donors to bring that card to their next donation. More information can be found here.

Blood Donor Eligibility Changes: On June 8, 2020, the Red Cross implemented donor eligibility changes announced by the FDA. Donors with questions about their eligibility status, should call the Red Cross Donor and Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276. Donors can also view the blood donor eligibility page here.

How to donate blood

Simply 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 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure 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.

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.