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Red Cross Blood Donors in August Eligible to Win a Netbook in the "Netbook-A-Day Giveaway"*

August 2, 2010

 Blood Donors Needed Every Day to Boost Blood Supplies

The American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region is pleased to announce a special promotion, the “Netbook-A-Day Giveaway,”* in conjunction with Staples. All presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives in August are eligible to enter a raffle for a chance to win an Acer Netbook. One Netbook will be given away every day in August.

“Summer can be a challenging time for the blood supply,” commented Kay Schwartz, chief executive officer, American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region.  “We hope that the possibility of winning a Netbook will encourage blood donors to make and keep appointments during August.  We are grateful for the support of Staples and hope people will take advantage of this offer as they get ready for a return to school and fall routine.”

 Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day.The New York - Penn Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood products to 120 hospitals, and must have a sufficient supply of blood and platelets every day to meet hospital demand.

 Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment. 

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in general good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.


*Netbook giveaway is provided in conjunction with Staples. Netbooks are non-transferrable and are not redeemable for cash. Your chance to win depends upon the daily number of presenting donors in August. One entry allowed per donation opportunity. Employees of the American Red Cross and Staples are not eligible to enter. All winners will be notified by 9/15/10.