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Nebraska Danger football kicks off season by helping save lives

Fans encouraged to donate blood before the Danger home opener

The American Red Cross and the Nebraska Danger football team are joining forces to help save lives by holding a blood drive Saturday, March 7 at the Heartland Events Center, just hours before the Danger's home opener.

"The Danger are pleased to help host this blood drive as we kick off our fifth season here in Grand Island," said Stephanie King-Witt , director of marketing for Nebraska Danger. "Just like we've received such fantastic support from the community, we are pleased to help support and give back to a community organization such as the Red Cross."

The blood drive is just one way donors and Danger fans can celebrate Red Cross month by showing it doesn't take a special uniform to be a star. By rolling up a sleeve and giving blood, donors can help save up to three lives.

"It doesn't take superpowers to be a hero for a patient in need — just a little time," said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Blood Services Region. "Blood donors with all blood types, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative are encouraged to make an appointment to give."

Danger Blood Drive
Saturday, March 7
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Heartland Events Center
700 E. Stolley Park Road in Grand Island

All presenting donors will receive one ticket to the March 7 Danger game against the Wichita Falls Nighthawks. The game ticket is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Schedule your donation time by visiting redcrossblood.org and using sponsor code DangerFootball, using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit redcrossblood.org or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App to make an appointment or for more information. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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