Sporting Kansas City, The Victory Project and Community Blood Center are teaming up to host a two-day blood drive at Children's Mercy Park on Thursday, September 3 and Friday, September 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All donors will receive a free co-branded, reusable face mask and appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins will only be accepted as capacity safely allows. Healthy blood donors wishing to participate can make an appointment online at savealifenow.org/group and enter Group Code: CB8D or call 1-877-468-6844. Appointments can also be made at other mobile drives in the area or one of CBC’s seven donor centers across Kansas and Missouri.
The blood drive will take place inside the Budweiser Brew House, located in the northeast corner of the stadium at the intersection of France Family Drive and Village West Parkway, and will be conducted in accordance with CBC protocols for social distancing and public health guidelines. Donors are required to wear a mask throughout their donation and CBC staff will also be wearing masks while taking extra precautions to maintain safe and sanitary conditions.
Sporting Kansas City and Community Blood Center held blood drives at Children's Mercy Park on May 18 (video above), June 1, July 14 and July 27 which collected 183 total units of blood, saving up to 549 lives.
The blood drives at Children’s Mercy Park are the latest efforts in conjunction with Sporting Serves, a philanthropic platform in which Sporting Kansas City and the club’s flagship charitable arm, The Victory Project, are united with community partners to provide support for citizens across the metropolitan area. Sporting Serves has launched several programs specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- The Victory Project donated surgical masks and non-latex gloves to Children's Mercy Hospital
- Sporting KC associates assisted in sorting and delivering PPE to emergency managers in rural communities in Kansas and Missouri to help protect first responders, health care professionals and long-term care facility personnel
- Children's Mercy Park hosted 20 high school graduations and offered free professional graduation photos for the Class of 2020
- Sporting KC donated soccer balls to students at Ott Elementary and children involved with Youth RISE KC
- The team donated 400 Sporting KC binders to local students through the Back to School Drive-Thru Bash
About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC)
Community Blood Center, now part of the NYBC family, serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 65 area hospitals – and calls upon about 580 donors each day to meet the need for a life-saving gift of blood. The blood center makes timely deliveries of safe, high-quality products to meet transfusion needs, for routine care and emergencies. For more information, visit http://www.savealifenow.org/.