Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Executive Director for the Community Blood Center David Graham:

David Graham

The 17th Annual Drive for Life Chiefs’  blood drive is taking place until the 30th of November and everyone is invited to take the trip to the closest blood center and donate.  “I would just encourage people,” said Graham, “If you can make it during the chiefs week, that’s fantastic but if you can’t, please come in and donate between now and the end of the year or in January.  These are tough times for us to collect and we need all the support.  Whether you get the Chiefs T-shirt or get to participate in that or not, really the big difference and the real satisfaction is saving a life in our community.”

Special appearances and free T-shirts are available through the Chiefs organization when you give the gift of life.  “We are going to have a player appearance,” Graham tells us, “Linebacker, Josh Mauga, who is number 90 and the leading tackler for the Chiefs, will be here in person from about 11:30 to 12:30.  He’ll be signing autographs, taking pictures, and so on.  We will also have KC Wolfe down here on Friday at our Blue Springs center at about noon.  Then also on Friday, Chiefs Cheerleaders will be making an appearance at our Overland Park location at 105th and Metcalf.”

You don’t have to be a doctor, police officer, or fireman to save a life, you just have to lay on a bed then eat some cookies.  “I can’t think of anything that would be easier to do to save somebody’s life,” said Graham, “There’s a quick registration form then we move into what we call a brief history.  We want to make sure that donating is safe for you and that the blood you donate will be safe for those individuals who receive it.  Then you move on to the bed and that process is only about 10 minutes.”

Questions, comments, or concerns… Call 877-468-6844 or visit them online at www.savealifenow.org

Donation Locations:

Kansas City Center- 4040 Main St. Kansas City, MO

Blue Springs Center- 1124 W 40 Highway Blue Springs, MO

Overland Park Center- 10568 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, MO

PRESS RELEASE:

The Kansas City Chiefs and Community Blood Center (CBC) are teaming up for their 17th Annual Chiefs Week Blood Drive, November 24th through November 30th. Each day will feature different activities and guest appearances, including Linebacker Josh Mauga #90, team mascot KC Wolf, and the Chiefs Cheerleaders. This annual tradition started in 1998 as a way to boost blood donations right before the winter holidays.

All presenting donors will receive a free Chiefs T-shirt while supplies last and will be entered to win autographed Chiefs memorabilia. Tuesday, November 25th, will be Chiefs Day, complete with a cookout and an appearance by the team’s leading tackler, Josh Mauga, who will meet and greet donors from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Kansas City Community Blood Center at 4040 Main Street. On Friday, November 28th, team mascot KC Wolf will meet donors at the Blue Springs Donor Center, 1124 W. 40 Highway; Blue Springs, MO from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and the Kansas City Donor Center, 4040 Main; Kansas City, MO from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Donors will also have the opportunity to meet Chiefs Cheerleaders at the 10568 Metcalf Ave.; Overland Park, KS location from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
To locate a Community Blood Center Donation Center or community blood drive, call 877.468.6844 or visit us online at www.savealifenow.org.
“The winter holidays are a crucial time for blood donations,” said David Graham, Executive Director for Community Blood Center. “People are busy preparing for the holiday season, and our annual drive with the Chiefs is a great way to remind people to donate.”
There is no substitute for blood and blood products, and they can only come from volunteer donors. “Blood is perishable, so it is especially important to make time to donate during the holidays so that we may maintain our community’s blood supply,” Graham added.
The drive has grown tremendously since the first Chiefs Blood Drive in 1998, which collected 359 pints of blood in one day. Thanks to the generosity of committed donors and popularity with fans, the event has expanded to a weeklong event at all six CBC donation centers and all blood drives. More than 2,100 donors participated last year, helping us collect over 1,900 units of blood.
In order to donate you must be at least 16 years of age (parental consent required for 16 year olds), weigh a minimum of 115 pounds and be in generally good health. In just 60 minutes, you can donate one pint of blood and Save a Life. Right Here, Right Now in your own community.
About Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC)
Community Blood Center serves hospitals in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri.  CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to 70 area hospitals – and relies volunteer donors each day to meet the need for life-saving gifts of blood.  CBC operates 365/24/7 to deliver safe, high-quality products to meet transfusion needs for routine care and emergencies.