The Golden State Warriors and the American Red Cross have announced additional Thrive City Community Blood Drive dates, the first of which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Thrive City. Over the course of five Thrive City Community Blood Drives, the Red Cross has collected 217 units of blood with the potential to provide up to 651 blood products for patients with different illnesses or inherited diseases such as sickle cell anemia. To make an appointment, please CLICK HERE.
In September, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown donated blood and visited with other donors at the Thrive City Community Blood Drive. For video, CLICK HERE.
Additional Thrive City Community Blood Drive dates and times are below:
• Tuesday, November 3 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Wednesday, November 18 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Thursday, December 24 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, December 29 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Saturday, January 2 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sickle cell disease is a lifelong inherited blood disorder that effects over 100,000 people in the U.S., most of whom are of African or Latino decent. Patients with sickle cell disease depend on blood that must be matched very closely – beyond the A, B, O and AB blood types – to reduce the risk of complications. Blood transfusion helps sickle cell disease patients by increasing the number of normal red blood cells in the body, helping to deliver oxygen and unblock blood vessels.
The Red Cross has an urgent need for African American blood donors as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented supply challenges. Many blood drives continue to be canceled while the need for blood products for patients with sickle cell disease has remained steady. Sickle cell patients are at high risk of serious complications from coronavirus infection, and blood transfusion can be a lifesaving treatment for these patients.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arrival and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control public guidance.
In addition, the Red Cross is testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies, which may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies regardless of whether an individual developed symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests are helpful in identifying individuals who may be able to help current COVID-19 patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.
Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead 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 and entering sponsor code ThriveCity.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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.
About Thrive City
Thrive City, the 3.2-acre community gathering space surrounding Chase Center, serves as the Bay Area’s newest destination where visitors can experience health and wellness community engagement events, diverse restaurant and retail options, and live entertainment offerings. Created by the Golden State Warriors and Kaiser Permanente, Thrive City was built upon the shared goal of creating a healthy community through year-round programming and making resources available to all families, friends and neighbors. For more information on Thrive City, please visit thrivecity.com.