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Blood Drive at SCHEELS Arena June 3 & 4

By Force Staff, 05/12/20, 9:00AM CDT

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The Fargo Force and Scheels Arena, in partnership with Anheuser-Busch, announced today that it will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, June 3 from 12:00-6:00 PM and Thursday, June 4 from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Individuals must register online to schedule an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org and using sponsor code “Fargo”. All blood types are needed, and space is limited. Free parking will be available at Scheels Arena in the main lot to the south of the building. Donors are to enter through the main doors on the south side. To adhere to social distancing practices, donors are asked to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before their scheduled appointment time and to not bring additional guests.

This drive comes as the Red Cross encourages healthy individuals to schedule and keep blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply for patients throughout this coronavirus pandemic. All donors are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance. For those that do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of the community. As experts have emphasized, there is no certain end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross needs the help of blood donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply for weeks to come. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including social distancing and face masks for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers.  

In addition to standard safety protocols, the Fargo Force, Scheels Arena, and the Red Cross will be taking numerous safety precautions to adhere to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, such as:

  • Checking temperatures of staff, donors and volunteers before entering the drive to make sure they are healthy.
  • Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.
  • Following social distancing between donors including entry, queuing, donation and refreshment areas.
  • Routinely disinfecting surfaces, equipment and donor-touched areas.
  • Wearing gloves and changing gloves often.
  • Using sterile collection sets and an aseptic scrub for every donation.
  • Wearing masks by staff and volunteers.


All of those who donate will receive a “swag bag” as a thank you from D-S Beverages, Anheuser-Busch and the Fargo Force.

For more information on how to find local blood donation opportunities, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

 

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 Anheuser-Busch #OneTeam Initiative

For more than 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has been woven into the cultural fabric of the United States, carrying on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 14 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

As part of a $5 million donation to the American Red Cross, Anheuser-Busch alongside its sports partners will identify available arenas and stadiums to be used for temporary blood drive centers. Anheuser Busch tour centers in Merrimack, NH, and St. Louis, MO, will also be made available to the Red Cross.