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March 30, 2012

Yankee Candle Hopes to Encourage Donors to Give Blood with Giveaway

Norfolk, Virginia (April 2, 2012) Yankee Candle, the leading designer of premium candles, is partnering with the American Red Cross to encourage donors to give blood. The retailer will give a free Yankee Candle car jar to all presenting donors who come out to a Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region Blood Drive this April, while supplies last.  There is a constant, on-going need for blood donations year-round, not just during the cold winter or hot summer months.  Every day, the Mid-Atlantic Blood Services Region, needs 500-600 of units of blood to meet the needs of patients in hospitals we serve. Yankee Candle car jars will be provided in either Pink Sands or MacIntosh scents, while supplies last. To make an appointment to donate blood please click here or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

"We at Yankee Candle are so pleased that our Yankee Candle Village store in the heart of Williamsburg is partnering with the American Red Cross here in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Steve Farley, President of Yankee Candle Company. “We know that the American Red Cross is always there to help in a crisis and Yankee Candle Village has proudly supported their efforts with blood drives since we opened in 2005. We hope you will take a few moments to donate blood during the month of April as you'll really make a huge difference, and we look forward to seeing you when you visit Williamsburg or one of the 15 other Yankee Candle stores in the area."

Donors will also receive a Red Cross Rewards Club point for donating blood. Additional Red Cross Reward Points can be earned during bonus point days April 1st – 15th. Whole blood donations will receive two points and double red cell donations will receive four points during this time period. Points can be redeemed at where donors can choose from hundreds of popular stores, theaters, restaurants and more.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here 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 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 more than 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