BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — You could win two tickets to Super Bowl LVII simply by donating blood.
January is National Blood Donor Month. During the month, the American Red Cross is partnering with the NFL to give blood and platelet donors a chance at winning a trip to Arizona.
Expenses beyond the tickets, including airfare, would be covered, too. Cate Orr from the American Red Cross joined us on Wake Up! Wednesday morning to tell us more about it.
“The NFL and the Red Cross always collaborate for the month of January, because of the decline in blood donors,” said Orr. “Only 3% of Americans give blood, we’re trying to change that.”
Orr says last January, the nation faced the first blood supply shortage crisis, and they are trying to prevent that from happening again.
“Only donors can help because there is no substitute for blood,” said Orr. “The blood crisis never ends in some ways, there’s always a need for blood because 1-in 7 patients in the hospital will receive a transfusion. Someone every two seconds needs blood.”
Over 60 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood, she says. There’s no age limit, but you must be at least 17 years old to donate. 16-year-olds can donate, too, but with a parent or guardian’s permission.
Orr tells us that eligibility requirements have seen some changes, and if you think you might not be able to donate, there’s a chance you actually might be able to.
You can find a blood drive near you by clicking/tapping here and read the eligibility requirements here. You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app.