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Cardinals Blood Drive

Each year, the Cardinals team up with Bally Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross to help save lives by encouraging fans to donate blood at the annual St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive.

Since the drive's inception in 2004, more than 12,000 blood donations have been collected during the summer drive, which comes at a critical time of year for the Red Cross when donations are low. Those who have a desire to help others can step up to the plate and help save lives by participating in our next event.

Annual Cardinals + Bally Sports Midwest Blood Drive

All presenting donors will receive a free, special-edition St. Louis Cardinals Red Cross Blood Drive T-shirt, while supplies last.

To register, simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit RedCrossBlood.org, and enter sponsor code: CARDS, or 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.

How to donate blood

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that 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 must 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 Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

Safety is a top priority for the Red Cross. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center has always followed the highest standards of safety and infection control. During this pandemic, the Red Cross has additional precautions in place to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers and donors, including:

  • Requiring face masks and social distancing for unvaccinated individuals
  • Providing hand sanitizers for use before entering the drive, as well as throughout the donation process
  • Continuing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment
  • Emphasizing the importance of appointments to help manage the flow of donors at drives

COVID-19 antibody testing

Through July 2021, the Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Donors who help support the urgent need by giving at this year’s Cardinals blood drive will be able to view their results 7-10 days after donation through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at RedCrossBlood.org.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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.