One of the many side effects of the coronavirus response by government and health officials has been the disruption of many typical and standard medical practices. Many of the preventative or maintenance items in health care have been shunted to the wayside in these unusual times. The blood bank industry has been particularly hard hit. Now the local LifeStream blood bank service providers are counting on a hard hitting promotion to help close the shortage of blood they face.
LifeStream is giving away tickets to the Super Bowl as an incentive for donors to give blood during a severe shortage. During the contest period that runs from December 26 to January 16 three lucky donors will have the opportunity to score a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl which will be held Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
The package includes two tickets to the Super Bowl, a four-night stay at the Loews Hotel Hollywood, round trip transportation to the stadium, two passes to a “Welcome Reception” with food, an open bar, and a DJ. The lucky donors will also get a Super Bowl Schwag Bag and two passes to a pre-game “Players Tailgate Party” featuring more than 30 current NFL players and a five-star menu created and prepared by celebrity chefs.
Officials at LifeStream, which provides blood products and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals, are urging residents to help the community battle back against the blood shortage.
According to LifeStream, “We have less than a 1-day supply of red blood cells available, and several of our hospitals have no type O red blood cells on their shelves,” said Doctor Rick Axelrod of LifeStream.
“We hope that our Super Bowl LVI Experience promotion will encourage more people to donate blood during this time of need and help bring new donors to the blood donation process,” Axelrod said.
All blood donors must wear a mask/face covering (mask/coverings with one-way valves to filter outside air are not sufficient) and submit to a COVID-19 symptom review before being admitted to the donor waiting area.
Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood. Everyone under 17 years of age must provide LifeStream with written parental consent. Parent consent forms are available at any donor center, community blood drive, or www.LStream.org.
All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 115 pounds, and not risk AIDS or hepatitis.