Donate blood or platelets now to help patients avoid delays in care

As we welcome 2022, the American Red Cross blood supply has now dipped to the lowest level in more than a decade and could force hospitals to hold off on essential blood and platelet transfusions for patients in Northern Ohio and across the country.  

The troubling decline of the Red Cross blood supply, which supports about 40% of the nation’s blood needs, comes at a time of year when donations typically fall. Holiday get togethers, school breaks and winter weather often lead to lower donor turnout, potentially further compounding the situation. The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month. If you’ve never given blood before or if it’s been a while now is the perfect time to start helping save lives!

The need for healthy blood donors is also important as Northern Ohio, like many communities across the country saw a significant rise in COVID-19 cases during the month of December. If you are feeling healthy and well, please consider sharing your good health by giving blood. If you received the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine or booster there is no deferral time to give blood. Additionally, there is also no deferral after a flu vaccine, as long as you are symptom-free and feeling well the day of donation.

Once again, the Red Cross is partnering with the NFL to thank donors during the month of January. Come to give blood or platelets Jan. 1-31 and you’ll automatically get a chance to score an exciting Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for you and a guest! Plus, the Red Cross will give you a shot at a home theater package and $500 e-gift card in January. Terms apply; visit for more information. 

Potential donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross
Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733- 2767). If there is not an immediate opportunity to donate, please make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and then maintain a sufficient blood supply.

Vote for Josh McCown to Win NFL Player of the Week Honors

American Red Cross Chapter Will Receive $2,000 if the Browns Quarterback Wins

The NFL has nominated Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown to win Player of the Week honors, following his record-setting performance against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, October 11.

If Josh is voted in, the American Red Cross in Northeast Ohio wins as well.

FedEx is donating $2,000 each week to the Red Cross chapter in the communities where the winners play.  The NFL nominates three players each week.  This week, in addition to McCown, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Sam Bradford of the Philadelphia Eagles have also been nominated.

But neither could top Josh’s level of performance.

Week 5 Nominees

Not only did the Browns quarterback throw for a franchise-record 457 yards in Baltimore to help beat the Ravens 33-30 in overtime, he has become the first quarterback for the Browns to throw for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games, setting another record by throwing for 1,157 yards over that three game stretch.

“He’s playing better than any quarterback in the league right now,” according to CBS Sports analyst Pat Kirwan.

You can vote for Josh McCown to win Player of the Week honors here. Voting closes Thursday afternoon at 3:00 PM. The FedEx program supports the costs of providing immediate and long-term assistance to families affected by a disaster, like a home fire. The promotion also provides families with lifesaving fire prevention and preparedness tools and help in the aftermath of other types of disasters.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Browns fans to not only recognize the outstanding performance of Josh McCown, but also to support the work of the American Red Cross in Northeast Ohio,” said Mike Parks, Regional CEO. “A $2,000 donation from FedEx will help a number of people recover from a disaster or prepare for an emergency by supporting the work of the dedicated volunteers and staff of the American Red Cross in Northeast Ohio.”

Fans will also be able to vote for Josh McCown to win Player of the Year honors at the end of the season.  FedEx will donate $25,000 to the Red Cross chapter in the winning player’s community.

The NFL is also nominating three running backs each week.  Through the FedEx Air and Ground campaign, FedEx will also donate $2,000 dollars to the Red Cross chapters in the communities where those winners play.  Let’s hope Browns running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson break  through for a big week against the Broncos this Sunday.