Manolita Gude of Connecticut kicked off 2020 with an American Red Cross blood donation and scored a trip for two to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. To help tackle a critical need for blood, all who came to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross Jan. 1-19, 2020, were automatically entered for a chance to win this exciting Super Bowl getaway.
The Red Cross and NFL teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort and a $500 gift card for expenses.
Gude has seen firsthand the importance of blood donation.Her father received blood products while undergoing cancer treatment. And, in the past month, her brother who has liver disease also needed transfusions.
“Your blood donation makes a difference in the wellness of patients,” Gude said. “Giving blood is painless, quick and the American Red Cross staff are wonderful, kind and understanding.”
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.