The first of four Red Cross blood drives held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was a resounding success and the Speedway is set to host its second drive Thursday. Other drives are scheduled for April 7 and April 11.
The March 27 blood drive at LVMS exceeded its goal of 50 donations and an incredible 46 were first-time donors to the Red Cross.
“It was wonderful to see the response from our great community,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “The outpouring of support from the citizens of Las Vegas shows the spirit of our city, and the blood donated will make a big difference to those in need. We’re anticipating the same level of contribution during our next three blood drives.”
The Red Cross has received so many applications that the April 2 and April 11 drives are already filled with donors. The April 7 session still has availability.
The drives will take place in the Thrive Hive Digital Center in the speedway infield, and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Completion of a RapidPass® online health history questionnaire is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. To get started, follow the instructions at www.RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
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 where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
The Red Cross is asking that individuals postpone their donation for 28 days if the following apply: (1) Travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or (2) Diagnosis of COVID-19, contact with a person who has the virus, or suspected to have it.
For donors who haven’t been to the Speedway before, take exit 54 off I-15 North, Speedway Blvd. Make a right on Speedway Blvd. and follow until Checkered Flag Lane. Make a right and take Checkered Flag Lane to the infield tunnel. Turn left through the tunnel and toward the Thrive Hive Digital Center. Directional signage will be provided as well.