(St. Louis – January 9, 2019) The office of St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green will host its semiannual American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, February 11, in Room 208 of St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Held each year during Black History Month, the blood drive is named in honor of Dr. Charles Drew, the prominent physician and medical researcher who improved techniques for blood storage and developed the first large-scale blood banks early in World War II.
All donors are welcome at the blood drive on February 11. The need for donations is ongoing and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every two to three seconds and most people will have at least one blood transfusion in their lifetimes.
In addition, there is a need for African American blood donors for sickle cell therapies. Although there is no cure for Sickle Cell Disease it can be managed through regular blood transfusions.
Walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments are encouraged so that everyone is seen quickly. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.
Comptroller Darlene Green is the chief fiscal officer of the City of St. Louis and is charged with safeguarding the city’s credit rating and with protecting taxpayer dollars. Visit www.stlouis-mo.gov/comptroller to learn more about the Office of the Comptroller.
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