Visit a Red Cross Blood Drive for a Chance to Fuel Your Fall Road Trip for Free

August 27, 2010

MADISON, Wis.– Blood donations through the local American Red Cross Blood Services Region have been declining this summer and supplies are currently less than sufficient. All blood types are needed to ensure blood supplies do not drop to emergency levels.

Summer blood donors can mean the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. To help ensure sufficient blood supplies before and after the Labor Day holiday weekend, and to thank generous blood and platelet donors, the American Red Cross is raffling off a $500 gas gift card.

From August 30 through September 10, 2010, all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers in the Badger-Hawkeye Regionof the American Red Cross will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas gift card. All presenting donors will also receive a complimentary Red Cross Racing-themed can cooler while supplies last.

“Summer is drawing to a close and many people may now be focused on heading back to school and taking one last family vacation,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. “However, the need for blood is constant. Please set aside one hour of your time to donate blood and help patients in need.”

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit 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

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.