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Browns join American Red Cross for annual First and Ten Blood Drive

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The Cleveland Browns and the American Red Cross will host the annual Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive Saturday, July 31 at 12 locations throughout northeast Ohio. This year, donors will have the opportunity to give at KeyBank Club at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. KeyBank Club is located on the south side of the facility next to the Browns Pro Shop on Alfred Lerner Way. Parking is available at meters in front of the stadium.

All presenting blood donors at each blood drive will receive a commemorative Browns T-shirt (while supplies last) and will also have the chance to win Browns memorabilia. In addition, all who come to give will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email and have a chance to win gas for a year. Browns Backers across the nation are also invited to take part in the blood drive for a chance to win Browns memorabilia (instructions below). Since the inception of the Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive, more than 11,000 pints have been collected to help patients in need. 

The Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage that is negatively affecting blood product availability across the country. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now to help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood products to meet patient needs. 

Schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org and entering code "BROWNS" calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

By volunteering to donate blood, fans naturally become part of the First and Ten movement. The Browns' First and Ten movement was designed to encourage and help individuals make a difference in their community through volunteerism and inspiring others to do the same. The Red Cross is a proud community partner of Browns First and Ten and offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals to give back to their communities. To learn more and take the pledge, visit https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/community/first-ten/.

2021 Cleveland Browns Blood Drive Sites

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Location Address City Time
FirstEnergy Stadium 100 Alfred Lerner Way Cleveland 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
American Red Cross - Wayne County 244 West South St. Wooster 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ehrnfelt Recreation Center 18100 Royalton Rd. Strongsville 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sandusky Mall 4314 Milan Rd. Sandusky 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kent Police Dept. 301 S. Depeyster Kent 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Massillon Recreation Center 505 Erie St. N Massillon 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Medina Community Recreation Center 855 Weymouth Rd. Medina 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Omega Psi Phi - Church of the Saviour 2537 Lee Rd. Cleveland Heights 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church 2860 East Market St. Warren 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
American Red Cross Parma Blood Donation Center 5585 Pearl Rd. Parma 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
American Red Cross Summit Blood Donation Center 501 W. Market St. Akron 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
American Red Cross Warzel Blood Donation Center 3747 Euclid Ave. Cleveland 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Browns Backers

The Cleveland Browns are inviting Browns Backers across the nation to take part in the annual First and Ten Blood Drive in partnership with American Red Cross! No matter where you are, use the instructions below to sign up for a Blood Drive near you, and don't miss the chance to win Browns memorabilia and a commemorative Browns First and Ten Blood Drive t-shirt!

Browns Backers Instructions:

  1. Click the Annual Cleveland Browns Blood Drive link and schedule an appointment to donate blood between July 25th – July 31st.
  2. Enter your zip code.
  3. Schedule an appointment for the Red Cross blood drive of your choice. You can pick the day and time that's most convenient for you.
  4. On the day of your blood donation, complete your RapidPass and arrive at your appointment time. Don't forget to eat, drink plenty of water, sleep well and bring your ID!
  5. Snap a photo/selfie at your drive site and upload it HERE for a chance to win a commemorative First and Ten Blood Drive t-shirt and Browns memorabilia!

About blood donation

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (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. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Blood drive safety

The Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fully vaccinated individuals, including staff and donors, no longer need to wear masks or socially distance. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear masks and socially distance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.  

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or follow us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About the Cleveland Browns and Browns Give Back:

The Browns Give Back to Northeast Ohio with a commitment to education and youth football while engaging the community through the team's signature First and Ten volunteer movement. For more information, visit www.clevelandbrowns.com/brownsgiveback.  

Education – The Cleveland Browns are dedicated to improving the quality of education for students in Ohio by making investments that keep kids in school every day so they can succeed, highlighted by the "Stay in the Game! Keep Learning, Every Day" Network. The "Stay in the Game!" Network is a statewide initiative designed to promote the importance of school attendance and put an end to chronic absenteeism. The team engages local school districts and promotes quality education by using attendance data and feedback from families to build a school-going culture, uncover and reduce common barriers to attendance and support engagement opportunities for students to thrive. In the 2020-21 school year, the "Stay in the Game!" Network will partner with 16 school districts, benefitting more than 100,000 students in Ohio. An adaptation of the "Get 2 School, Stay In The Game!" Network, the name change reflects the current environment where schools may not necessarily be able to host in-school learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter the circumstances, the "Stay in the Game!" Network will continue to encourage and support students to maintain a strong educational-going mindset to keep learning, every day, aligned with its overall goal to help end chronic absenteeism and provide all students equal opportunities to be successful. To learn more visit, visit Get2School.org. 

Youth Football – The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns' goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education. 

First and Ten – Launched in June 2014, the Cleveland Browns First and Ten campaign is the team's community program, established to inspire fans to #give10 and help their communities by volunteering for 10 hours each year. Through First and Ten, the Browns are the only NFL club to promote a long-term volunteering program that unifies the team and its entire fan base, with the goal of impacting every individual's city across the globe, as well as the franchise's local community. To date, more than 2.75 million hours of volunteering have been pledged through First and Ten. All Browns fans are encouraged to join the volunteering effort by signing the First and Ten pledge on the team's website and by sharing their stories with #give10.

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