The Advocates and American Red Cross Community Blood Drive

Since our first day in business, The Advocates’ mission has been to improve our communities by helping those around us, both in and out of the courtroom. We strive to stay involved and look for opportunities to serve. However, we understand that our efforts wouldn’t be half as meaningful or effective without the contributions of our community members.

This March, we’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to host our 3rd annual community blood drive in Utah. Blood donations are one of the most impactful things an ordinary person can do to help those around them. This year, the Red Cross will be bringing their donation bus right to The Advocates’ Murray office (address below).

Gift cards will be given away at the drive to show appreciation for donors. There will also be snacks, juice, and water available thanks to the American Red Cross. CLICK HERE to schedule your blood donation appointment. 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Facts

Did you know:

  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood and/or plasma transfusion
  • Blood donations are most commonly used to help accident victims, surgery patients, people with sickle cell disease, and people undergoing chemotherapy
  • A single car accident victim can require up to 100 units of blood
  • Type O-negative blood is known as the universal donor, because it is the only type of blood that is safe to use in all patients, regardless of the recipient’s blood type
  • Only 3% of eligible blood donors actually donate blood each year
  • Red Cross blood donors provide about 40% of the nation’s blood supply annually
  • Hospitals and other medical care providers rely on blood donations because blood and platelets cannot be artificially manufactured

The Advocates are honored to be part of such a critical component of many Americans’ lives, but we need your help too. If you are physically able and eligible to donate, we would be thrilled to have you join us at our blood drive this March. See eligibility requirements here.

Donating as a Member of the LGBTQ+ Community

For many years, the FDA guidelines for donating blood excluded members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly gay men, as eligible donors. As of May 2023, those eligibility guidelines have been updated to be more inclusive. The pre-donation health history screening no longer asks potential donors about their sexual orientation. The Advocates celebrate this step toward full inclusivity and the opportunity for millions more Americans to save lives by giving blood. We also recognize that there is still progress to be made.

All potential donors must still answer health-related questions before donating. Some of these questions refer to sexual activity and health, but they are gender-neutral and all donors will answer the same questions. For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit the Red Cross’s LGBTQ+ Donors page.

The Advocates Community Blood Drive Information

When: Monday, March 18th, 2024; 1:00pm- 7:00pm

Where: The Advocates’ Murray office; 737 E. Winchester St., Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Appointments Required. CLICK HERE to schedule your donation appointment.

Thank you for committing to provide a lifesaving donation to people in our community. We can’t wait to see you there.

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