Cleveland Browns team up with the Red Cross for a Blood Drive

(Cuyahoga County) - The Cleveland Browns and the American Red Cross will host the annual Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive Saturday, July 27 at 12 locations throughout northeast Ohio. Donors visiting Browns Training Camp that day can give from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.at Berea Recreation Center, 451 Front St. in Berea.

All presenting blood donors at each blood drive will receive a commemorative Browns T-shirt (while supplies last) and will also have the chance to win great prizes, including Browns memorabilia and two tickets to a preseason Browns game. Since the inception of the Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive, more than 10,000 pints have been collected to help patients in need. 

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces an emergency blood shortage. Blood donors are needed now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this summer. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals nationwide.

By volunteering to donate blood, fans naturally become part of the First and Ten movement. All presenting donors will also have the opportunity to pledge 10 hours of volunteer service as part of the Browns First and Ten. Those who sign up will receive an official #give10 orange wristband. The Red Cross is a proud community partner of Browns First and Ten and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals to give back to their communities.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter code “Browns” or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 donors can now 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, from a computer or mobile device, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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