Cameron, Wis. Blood Donor Wins American Red Cross Summer Promotion Trip for Four to Orlando, Fla.
Cameron, Wis. resident Tom Daniels’ name was drawn for the grand prize trip for four to Orlando, Fla. in the American Red Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion. The summer-long promotion ran from May 16 to September 7, 2011, helping to encourage and thank blood donors during a challenging for the Red Cross to collect blood donations.
Daniels donated blood in June, entering his name into the Good to Give. Good to Go. trip giveaway. After the promotion was over, he was randomly selected to receive the magical trip for four. All presenting donors (ages 21 and older) in the Mid-America Blood Services Division, which serves 316 hospitals in all or parts of 12 states in the Upper Midwest and Central U.S., were entered for a chance to win the trip each time they visited a Red Cross blood drive during the promotion dates. Presenting donors of all ages were also eligible to win other fun summer prizes during specific holiday timeframes.
“It was a surprise to give someone the gift of life and be a winner myself!”, said Daniels. “I’ve been donating blood for several years because I felt it was the right thing to do. My mother always donated because she was type O negative - the universal blood type – and she encouraged me to give, too. My family is looking forward to a great vacation in Florida!”
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, especially type O negative, 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
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.