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Golden Knights and American Red Cross teaming up for 1 Oct. blood drive

Blood donation agencies asking donors to fill the gap left by canceled blood drives during pandemic
Posted at 10:38 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 01:38:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — In honor of those impacted by the tragedy that took place on Oct. 1, 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights are partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at T-Mobile Arena on October 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To make a blood donation appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org and search sponsor code VEGASGOLDENKNIGHTS.

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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

“Three years ago, Vegas faced an unimaginable tragedy. Our community stepped up in every way, including waiting in long lines to donate blood to those in need,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “Today, our organization and our colleagues at the American Red Cross are encouraging Southern Nevadans to donate blood for trauma patients, such as those who were in need due to the events of 1 October.”

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All those who donate at the blood drive will receive a specialty Vegas Stronger puck.

The Golden Knights and American Red Cross are taking all necessary steps to provide a safe and comfortable environment for community members to donate blood.

The Red Cross already follows thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection each day and have implemented additional precautionary measures out of an abundance of caution.

Click here for more information on the American Red Cross safety protocols. Those donating will be able to enter and exit through the east roll-up doors to the left of the will-call windows.

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Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative.

According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be transfused to anyone and is often used to treat trauma patients.