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Red Cross & Uber Team Up to Help Save Lives wtih Free Rides


February 17, 2014




Charlotte, NC, February 17, 2014 – It’s a trendy way to travel around town, and now the popular service Uber is making it as simple as possible for people to give the gift of life with the American Red Cross. Uber is offering FREE rides to and from Red Cross blood drives in Charlotte (up to $30 each way) February 17 - 28 to help boost the blood supply after snowy and icy conditions prevented people from donating blood. 


Severe winter weather forced the Carolinas Blood Services Region to cancel all of its blood drives February 12 and 13 and many drives on February 14, resulting in more than 3,100 uncollected blood and platelet donations.  Nearly 30 blood drives were cancelled just in the Charlotte area, resulting in a shortfall of more than 900 units.


"When we heard about the impact severe winter weather had on the blood supply here in Charlotte, we wanted to find a way to support the American Red Cross' efforts to collect blood,” said David Salsone, Uber Charlotte General Manager. “With free Uber rides to blood drives at the touch of a button, we're hoping that more people will take a little time out of their day to give blood and help save a life."


The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides blood to 103 hospitals and needs to have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.  Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day.  There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.


For more information about the Uber and Red Cross partnership, please visit


How to Donate Blood

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age, 16 with parental permission in North Carolina, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


About Uber Technologies

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 70 cities today, Uber's rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. For further information, visit