Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest & Red Cross team up for blood drive

Fans can save lives during annual blood drive June 1-2 at various locations around the St. Louis metro area

ST. LOUIS, May 18, 2015 - The St. Louis Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross encourage fans to step up to the plate and donate blood to help patients in need this June. The Cardinals and the Red Cross will team up to help save lives on June 1-2 at various locations around the St. Louis metro area. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last.

"To be a hero off the field, we need to pitch in and support our community," said Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman. "You can give a patient in need a chance to get back in the game by visiting one of our blood drives and donating blood."

June 1

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge #1721, 4 Elks Drive in Crystal City, Mo.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge #1559, 1459 W. Fifth St. in Washington, Mo.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 3898 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters, Mo.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bayless High School, 4532 Weber Road in St. Louis

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carondelet Park Rec Complex, 930 Holly Hills Ave. in St. Louis

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave. in Richmond Heights, Mo.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Center, 101 S. Meyer in Valmeyer, Ill.

Noon to 6 p.m. at the Farmington VFW Hall, 814 E. Karsch Blvd. in Farmington, Mo.

June 2

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ballwin Community Center, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle Drive in Ballwin, Mo.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Louis College of Health Careers, 1297 North Highway Drive in Fenton, Mo.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Meramec Arnold Elks, 1515 Miller Road in Imperial, Mo.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at James J. Eagan Center, 1 James J. Eagan Center Drive in Florissant, Mo.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Glaziers Architectural Metal and Glassworkers, 5916 Wilson Ave. in St. Louis

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square in Alton, Ill.

1 to 6 p.m. at Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, 1112 E. Cherry St. in Troy, Mo.

For more than a decade, the Cardinals have hosted Red Cross blood drives in an effort to help save lives. Blood donated at the St. Louis Cardinals Blood Drive could help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Cards to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent 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 visit Twitter at @RedCross.