16th Annual Atlanta Braves All-American Blood Drive – Presented by Delta Air Lines

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

The community is invited to team up with the American Red Cross and the Atlanta Braves at their 16th annual All-American Blood Drive sponsored by Delta Air Lines on June 4-29 at multiple locations. The Braves blood drive started in 2009 and has held the title of the largest single-day Red Cross blood drive in Georgia since its inception. To date, the team has helped the Red Cross collect more than 9,819 pints of blood. In addition to this, the Atlanta Braves, the Red Cross, and Delta Air Lines host monthly blood drives at Truist Park to help collect lifesaving blood. 

As summer approaches, the Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and make it a summer full of life for patients in need.

“We typically see a shortfall in blood donations during the summer months, which makes it hard to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood products. We need donors to give now to keep the blood supply stable,” said Garrett Reid, Regional Donor Services Executive for the American Red Cross of Georgia. “The Red Cross appreciates the support of those who roll up a sleeve to give year-round. We thank our media sponsors, WSB-TV and 680 The Fan for helping us spread this important message.”

It’s important to remember that red blood cells must be transfused within 42 days of donation and platelets within just five days. So, they must constantly be replenished. Every 2 seconds someone needs lifesaving blood, and the Red Cross depends on the help of donors and blood drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients during the busy summer months.

All presenting donors will receive a pair of Atlanta Braves tickets, a commemorative T-shirt, a co-branded water bottle, and Atlanta Braves and American Red Cross giveaways, while supplies last!*

 Help save lives at one of the following blood drives:  

Hyatt House Atlanta/Cobb Galleria | 3595 Cumberland Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

June 4-5 | June 11 | June 14 | June 17-18 | June 22 | June 29; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Atlanta Marriott Northwest at Galleria | 200 Interstate North Parkway SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

June 20 | June 21; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

How to donate blood

For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device sponsor code: DeltaATL. Donors of all blood types are needed. 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 in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.