Memphis Grizzlies, Anheuser-Busch and American Red Cross #OneTeam Blood DriveJuly 31, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Teamwork makes the dream work. That’s why the Memphis Grizzlies and Anheuser-Busch are partnering with the American Red Cross to help score a win for hospital patients this summer. Eligible blood donors are invited to roll up a sleeve before the matchup between the Grizzlies and the Portland Trail Blazers at the One Team Blood Drive Friday, July 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at FedExForum,191 Beale St.in downtown Memphis. Free parking is available on Beale Street Alley, between B. B. King Blvd. and 4th St., on the north side of FedExForum. All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing to win one of two (2) team autographed basketballs. (Winners will be selected in a random drawing to be held after the blood drive and notified via email. Donors must have valid email contact information on record to receive. Items are non-transferrable.)
This event is part of a national partnership between Anheuser-Busch and the Red Cross to increase blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure patients can continue to receive the medical treatments they need.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
The Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies for a limited time, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. Donors will be able to view their results 7-10 days after donation through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org.
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. The sponsor code for this event is “Grizzlies”.
About blood donation
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.