To ensure blood and platelets are available to help patients in need this summer, the American Red Cross developed the Good to Give. Good to Go. campaign. Good to Give. Good to Go. will remind and encourage people to give blood or platelets, thank them for giving and offer a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Florida!
Summer vacations and activities can fill schedules, leaving little time for donating blood. During the summer months blood donations often decrease, while the need for blood remains constant. In fact, approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion.
"Summer activities and family vacations have people heading in a lot of directions this time of year. The American Red Cross is asking everyone to add one more place to their list of destinations – a Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center – to help save lives by donating blood," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services Region. "The more donors give blood or platelets this summer, the more they increase their odds of winning a fun summer prize, and the more patients' lives can be changed."
All presenting donors (ages 21 and older) in the Mid-America Blood Services Division* between May 16 and September 7, 2011 will have a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Florida each time they visit the Red Cross. Presenting donors of all ages are eligible to win other fun summer prizes during specific holiday timeframes outlined below.
|Holiday||Promotional Period||Regional Prize Packages**|
|Memorial Day||May 25 to May 31||Summer grilling packages|
|Independence Day||June 27 to July 6||Portable Garmin GPS units|
|Labor Day||August 29 to September 7||$500 gas cards|
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.