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Cleveland Browns and American Red Cross to host annual blood drive

The Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will take place at 12 sites spanning eight counties on Saturday, July 30.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The video above previously aired on 3News on February 11, 2020. 

While the Cleveland Browns are kicking off training camp in Berea this week, FirstEnergy Stadium will join multiple sites across Northeast Ohio in hosting the annual Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive over the weekend. 

In a partnership between the Browns and the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Region, on Saturday July 30, donors can give blood at 12 locations spanning Cuyahoga, Erie, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. 

At FirstEnergy Stadium, donors can give at the KeyBank Club on the south side of the stadium next to the Browns Pro Shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Metered parking is available in front of the stadium.

While supplies last, all donors will receive a commemorative Browns T-shirt and will have the chance to win Browns memorabilia.

Donors will also be automatically entered into a raffle for a "Shark Week merchandise package for outdoor adventure," complete with a nine-foot standup paddleboard, a beach cruiser bicycle, smokeless portable fire pit, one-seater kayak and a $500 gift card to put toward accessories, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

Donors can schedule an appointment at any of the 12 sites through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by entering the code "BROWNS" at redcrossblood.org, by phone at 1-800-733-2767 or by enabling the blood donor skill on Amazon Echo devices.

According to the Red Cross, donors must provide a blood donor card, driver's license or other form of primary ID. If one does not have a primary ID as determined by the Red Cross, they must provide two other forms of identification. 

To be eligible to give blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. 

Donors may also need to comply with other eligibility requirements. Despite what the Red Cross describes as an "urgent need" for donors, an FDA mandate banning LGBTQ+ men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for at least three months is still in effect. 

View the full list of sites participating in the Cleveland Browns First and Ten Blood Drive, including address and hours of operation, below:

Credit: American Red Cross Northern Ohio Region

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