We Are Blood to hold October blood drive at Q2 Stadium

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
Austin FC is partnering with Q2 Holdings Inc. to host a blood drive event at Q2 Stadium in North Austin, home of the MLS franchise. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Austin FC is partnering with Q2 Holdings Inc. to host a blood drive event at Q2 Stadium in North Austin, home of the MLS franchise. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Before Austin FC kicks off against the San Jose Earthquakes on Oct. 20 in California, the team will host an all-day blood drive at home inside Q2 Stadium in North Austin.

The MLS team announced Sept. 30 it is partnering with Q2 Holdings Inc. to host a blood drive event that will provide blood donations to We Are Blood, a local nonprofit blood center.


According to the team’s Sept. 30 news release, the event will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20.To participate in the blood drive, participants must preregister for a specific time slot ahead of the event. No walk-up appointments will be accepted. To schedule an appointment at Q2 Stadium on Oct. 20, visit the We Are Blood website.

Blood given at the Austin FC event could potentially be provided to more than 40 hospitals and clinics across 10 Central Texas counties. The region is currently experiencing “an extreme shortage” of available blood reserves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Sept. 30 news release.

“We’re grateful to Austin FC and Q2 for partnering with We Are Blood to host a blood drive that will save lives in the Central Texas community,” said Nick Canedo, vice president of community engagement at We Are Blood, in the news release.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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