We’re all #OneTeam during the COVID-19 crisis
Minneapolis-St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx today announced the organization will host an American Red Cross blood drive, presented by Anheuser-Busch, at Target Center on July 9 from 12-6:00 p.m. To set up a donation appointment, please click here.
“In partnership with the Red Cross and Anheuser-Busch, we are proud to see our fans, staff and community come together to safely procure blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Timberwolves and Lynx CEO Ethan Casson. “It is one of our top priorities as an organization to positively impact our community, especially where the need is most urgent.”
The Timberwolves and Lynx teamed up with the Red Cross and Anheuser-Busch for the #OneTeam initiative to help the millions in need of blood donations, including patients of all ages, accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those battling cancer.
To ensure donor safety at Target Center, the Red Cross will continue following the highest standards of safety and infection control. Upon donation, the Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus.
“In these uncertain times, we are especially grateful for blood drive hosts and site sponsors, like the Timberwolves, Lynx and Anheuser-Busch who continue to help the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply and meet immediate patient needs,” said Bob Bruce, Regional Donor Services Executive, Red Cross of Minnesota. “With no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, the Red Cross needs the help of our partners and the generosity of volunteer blood donors to help stock hospital shelves in the weeks and months to come.”
In addition to the COVID-19 antibody testing, all donors will receive a Timberwolves and Lynx-themed Anheuser-Busch pint glass and a 50% off one-time coupon to be redeemed at the Timberwolves or Lynx online store.
“Anheuser-Busch has been a part of American culture for generations and we wanted to do our part to help the people of America in a time it’s needed most” said Monica Rustgi, Vice President of Marketing, Anheuser-Busch. “Together with the Red Cross, our partner since 1906, and our many sports partners, we quickly mobilized as one team to extend our resources to support in areas that have been impacted as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, like blood supply.”
For fans who are unable to participate in the blood drive but would like to support the Red Cross, monetary donations are currently being accepted. Fans can pledge a monetary donation by downloading the Timberwolves Mobile App and clicking the Bud Button or following the link provided here.
Timberwolves and Lynx partners, Jack Link’s and Great Lakes Coca-Cola, will also be supporting the cause and providing Jack Link’s jerky, Minute Maid® orange juice and DASANI® water for donors and volunteers on the day of the blood drive.