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Saratoga Casino Hotel hosts Red Cross blood drive

14 July 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Every day, blood and platelet donations help patients battling diseases, like cancer, and facing the unexpected. The American Red Cross can’t fulfill its lifesaving mission without volunteer donors, and during these uncertain times, we’re all in this together.

Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, 21 July.

Donating blood products is essential to community health. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance.

“The need for blood doesn’t stop – even during a pandemic – and we are so grateful to sponsors like Saratoga Casino Hotel who are helping to ensure lifesaving blood can be collected during this uncertain time,” said Katie Potter, external communications manager for the Red Cross Eastern NY Region. “This is the time to take care of one another and help ensure patients counting on lifesaving donations get the blood they need this summer.”

To date, Saratoga Casino Hotel has collected more than 1,600 blood donations at their biannual blood drives. All presenting donors at this July’s blood drive will receive a Saratoga Casino Hotel baseball cap for donating.

“We are proud to continue our support of the American Red Cross with our Annual Blood Drive,” said Alex Tucker, General Manager of Saratoga Casino Hotel. “The work they do for the community is tremendous and greatly appreciated, especially during these difficult times.”

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, 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. 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.

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.

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