The American Red Cross is in critical need of donations and will be offering donors through January 19 a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LIV.
The organization announced a blood and platelets drive through January 19 to offset the drop in donations that takes place during the holiday season. The Springfield area currently has a critical need for all blood types, especially type O, and the local Red Cross has less than a three day supply of Type O available.
“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services, said in a statement. “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 donate via the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting the Red Cross Website, or calling 1-800-733-2767.
Donors before January 19 will be entered into a trip donated by the NFL. The winner will receive 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.
“The Red Cross appreciates the NFL’s support during this crucial time of year when every donation – and every donor – matters. We hope this may inspire some to make regular blood and platelet donation one of their New Year’s resolutions,” said Sullivan.