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20 - 25 April, 2020, US & Canada

The PAINTBALL CARES BLOOD DRIVE

Paintball and the American Red Cross & America’s Blood Centers have partnered in this International Blood Drive. Join us! Learn here how you can be a part.

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U.S. & Canadian paintball players are stepping up to help local blood banks while also raising awareness that our blood banks need everyone to donate blood!

Coronavirus patients do not need blood for treatment. Coronavirus patients are in need of plasma from previously cured COVID-19 patients only. So why give blood? The answer is cause and effect. The outbreak has caused  non-essential business shutdowns and shelter-in-place mandates resulting in blood donations drying up. Meanwhile, blood banks are still open and need donations.

Yes! Blood donation is not considered a mass gathering or a social event. However, donors are
asked to make appointments in advance to donate blood to fall in line with social distancing
efforts at blood centers. Blood donation occurs in a controlled event with trained staff, and
is a recognized essential activity that must continue, even in the face of “shelter in place”
measures. Blood centers prioritize the safety of donors and their staff and have put
additional safety procedures in place, including social distancing measures and increased
infection control. Blood centers are highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and held to far higher standards than general public spaces. As the U.S. Surgeon
General has said, “social distancing doesn’t mean social disengagement”.

All healthy and eligible individuals that are feeling well should consider donating.
Individuals should not donate blood if they are feeling ill, have coronavirus, or have been
exposed to individuals with, or with the potential to have, coronavirus. Individuals can
donate whole blood every eight weeks (56 days) and apheresis platelets every 7 days up to
24 times per year. If you have questions about whether you are eligible to donate, the best
thing to do is contact your local blood center.

Individuals should not donate blood if they are feeling ill or if they have been exposed to
coronavirus or to individuals that have been exposed to coronavirus. Blood centers are
taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of donors and their staff by implementing
social distancing measures and increased infection control protocols. In addition, all donors
are screened to ensure they are feeling well. Each donor goes through a mini-physical that
includes a temperature check as well as a visual check on the donor’s well-being (coughing,
nose draining, hard time breathing, etc.).

The outbreak has caused  non-essential business shutdowns and shelter-in-place mandates resulting in blood donations drying up while demand remains the same. We paintballers can help with donations and create awareness prompting non-paintballers to donate.

First and foremost. Give blood. 1 pint will save 3 lives. That should be your message to fellow paintballers. Each of us can save three lives. No joke.  To do this right, execute this plan in the simplest way. Everyone tells two friends. We have a week to give blood and reach our goal of 100,000 pints donated. People must make an appointment. The best way to beat this race against time is if YOU have seen this message, YOU must tell two friends. Today, everyone in paintball is on the same team. Of course, if you can’t give blood during the drive, you can still give blood after the drive. 

Yes! Donate blood! Paintballers are doing their part to give blood. The awareness we create means you heard the message! Thank you!

You can donate blood, but you may already know your plasma is considered a possible treatment for existing patients. Contact your treating doctor first. It’s our understanding you must be at least 14 days cured before giving blood. Be sure to exhibit full disclosure to everyone during your blood donating. Your blood is extra special.

Just A Few Words

About The Event

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused blood bank donations to suffer. In response to the call from blood banks throughout the U.S. and Canada the entirety of paintball from professional players to recreational woodsballers have united to help. 

On Monday April 20th through Saturday April 25th 2020, paintballers will be donating blood at blood banks across the US and Canada. Our goal? 100,000 pints of blood donated. Together, we will make a huge difference in saving lives.

Where

Your local blood bank or mobile unit. Search and make an appointment NOW.

when

20 – 25 April, 2020
Monday to Saturday

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Kate Fry CEO, America's Blood Centers

“America’s Blood Centers (ABC) is excited to work with Lars Hindsley and the whole paintball community in supporting the nation’s blood supply. The generosity of volunteer blood donors is critical to meet the treatment needs of millions of patients each year. Donations are especially important throughout the coronavirus pandemic with a multitude of previous blood drives cancelled. We thank you for your commitment to awareness and action in supporting a robust blood supply.”

You've got questions.

Answers

There is no known risk of individuals transmitting coronavirus through blood transfusion,
even if they are asymptomatic. COVID-19, like other respiratory viruses, is not known to
be transmitted by transfusion of blood and blood components. To date, there are no known
cases of COVID-19 or previous coronaviruses (SARS and MERS) being transfusion
transmitted.

Blood centers are working with hospitals to ensure they are considering the blood supply
as part of their preparedness planning. While the utilization of blood components is
expected to decrease during the pandemic as elective surgeries and procedures are delayed
or cancelled, the need for blood remains. Blood centers’ efforts are targeted to ensure blood
is available for patients that continue to require transfusions during this pandemic, such as
cancer patients, individuals with blood disorders such as sickle cell disease, trauma victims,
and others.

There is significant prolonged risk to the availability of blood for patients in need due to
cancelled donation appointments and blood drives. This risk is expected to last for the
duration of the pandemic as thousands of blood drives across the country have been
cancelled for the coming months, resulting in hundreds of thousands of potential lost blood
donations. The COVID-19 pandemic could also decrease the number of healthy donors
able to sustain the blood supply needed by patients for an extended period of time.

Yes! Blood donation is not considered a mass gathering or a social event, but donors are
asked to make appointments in advance to donate blood to assist with social distancing
efforts at blood centers. Blood donation occurs in a controlled event with trained staff, and
is a recognized essential activity that must continue, even in the face of “shelter in place”
measures. Blood centers prioritize the safety of donors and their staff and have put
additional safety procedures in place, including social distancing measures and increased
infection control. Blood centers are highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) and held to far higher standards than general public spaces. As the U.S. Surgeon
General has said, “social distancing doesn’t mean social disengagement”.

Each donor goes through a mini-physical that includes a temperature check as well as a
visual check on the donor’s well-being (coughing, nose draining, hard time breathing, etc.).
Donors are also asked a series of additional questions to assure the safety of the blood
component.

The safety of blood donors, recipients, and blood center staff is our top priority. Blood
centers are heavily regulated by the FDA and follow appropriate infection control standards
of donor rooms and mobile buses, which include sanitation of donor waiting rooms and
donation chairs. Blood centers are taking additional steps to implement social distancing
protocols and increase infection control measures throughout the donation process to
protect against COVID-19.

Senior federal officials throughout the federal government have reiterated that blood
donation is safe and must continue:

“We know many of you are at home practicing the President’s guidelines for social
distancing, but one thing we should all consider, especially our millennials and
Gen Z, is donating blood,” VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., Surgeon General

“It is safe to donate blood…Part of preparedness includes a robust blood supply.
Healthy individuals should schedule an appointment to donate today to ensure that
blood is available for those patients who need it,” ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D.
Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services.
“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood…We need people to
prevent the blood supply from getting depleted “, Dr. Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D,
Director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at the Food and
Drug Administration.

The U.S. blood supply is facing an unprecedented situation as our nation coordinates
response efforts to COVID-19. Past disaster situations have had a more local or regional
impact, allowing other parts of the country to supplement any shortages. Coronavirus is
impacting communities across the country simultaneously and donors in all areas are
needed.

Blood centers are not healthcare providers and thus do not provide coronavirus tests.
Individuals that are ill or think they have been exposed to coronavirus should not visit a
blood center. Blood centers do however screen all donors to make sure they are healthy
and eligible to donate.

Just make an appointment and keep it! Our partner the American Blood Center has a donation center locator.

Plan ahead

Event Schedule | General Hours

Day 1

Monday
20, April 2020
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Day 2

Tuesday
21 April, 2020
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Day 3

Wednesday
22 April, 2020
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Day 4

Thursday
23 April, 2020
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Day 5

Friday
24 April, 2020
07:00 AM - 07:00 PM

Day 6

Saturday
25 April, 2020
07:00 AM - 03:00 PM

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Our Influencers

A Few Words

About The Event Organizer

lars-blue

Paintball has a history of using our vast number of players to serve many good causes.

Lars Hindsley has been involved in paintball over 15 years. Like many players, when you play a couple of years, you master the game and realize it is time to give back.

This train of thought lead him to teaching new players on YouTube. His goal was to be an ambassador of the sport. He wanted new players to feel included, not excuded.

This lead to a huge following and over 1/2 million views monthly on YouTube. 

All of this resulted in Lars exposure to countless teams using their involvement in the game to help others. Teams such as Team Defiance dedicate season after season altruistically to Autism awareness. Players such as Scott Ellenberger singularly gives up his time similarly. These two examples epitomize countless others in paintball. 

These true heroes are the inspiration to which Lars Hindsley understood, one person can forward an idea that many fulfill. 

The credit of this event goes to every person who ever lifted a paintball marker and knows how fellow paintballers help anyone in need.

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Trusted Hands Behind Us

Visit Our Partners

American Red Cross

American Red cross

The American Red Cross has limited blood donation centers due to social distancing.

America's Blood Centers in partnership with Paintball Cares

America's Blood Centers

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Join us. We paintball players have always helped each other on and off the field. Let’s show the world who we are. Donate blood and collect your badge to show everyone you were action, not just talk!

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