Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, left, catches a fly ball by Baltimore Orioles' Xavier Avery before colliding with center fielder Jarrod Dyson in the second inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
KANSAS CITY -- The Community Blood Center and Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals are ready to step up to the plate and help save lives and give out free baseball tickets while they do it.
Community Blood Center and the Kansas City Royals will hold their Annual Royals All-Star Blood Drive at all CBC Neighborhood Donation Centers, July 16-20. The drive assists CBC with keeping the blood supply at adequate levels during the dog days of summer when many people are staying inside and trying to beat the heat.
Stann Tate, Community Blood Center Director of Marketing, applauded the Royals for their continued partnership. “Once again, the Royals have stepped up to the plate as a homerun-hitting community partner by providing all registered donors with two complementary tickets to any remaining home game during the 2012 regular season. We’re fortunate to have the Royals in our community; they do so much for organizations like ours throughout the year.”
Donors interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy Kansas City’s boys of summer while saving a life can do so by visiting a CBC Center in Overland Park, Topeka, Gladstone, Blue Springs, St. Joseph or Kansas City. Community Blood Center hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday.
Additionally, all registered donors will receive a free Royals All-Star Blood Drive t-shirt. Tuesday, July 17th is Royals Day at the CBC location on 4040 Main Street in Kansas City, MO. Donors can meet Royals’ mascot Sluggerrr from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and Royals players from Noon – 1:00 p.m. Donors can also enjoy freshly baked Papa Murphy’s Pizza for lunch from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Visit CBC’s website at www.savealifenow.org or “like” them on Facebook for event details and to make an appointment online, walk-ins are also welcome.
The requirements for a blood donor are few. You must be at least 16 years of age and have parental consent, weigh a minimum of 115 pounds and be in good health.