American Red Cross Rewards Blood Drive Sponsors Who Help in Difficult Summer Months

May 14, 2012

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping families, businesses and communities prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For the first time, corporate and business sponsors in the Central Plains Blood Services Region, who host blood drives during the critical summer months, will be offered a discount on Red Cross health and safety courses.

All businesses who successfully host a blood drive from June through August 2012, will be eligible to receive a discount on Red Cross’ preparedness, health and safety training courses including first aid/CPR/AED, bloodborne pathogens and caregiving and babysitting.

Sponsors who meet 100 to 109 percent of their blood drive goal will receive a 15 percent discount on safety courses; sponsors meeting 110 percent or greater of their goal will receive a 25 percent discount; and sponsors who host an additional blood drive during this time period achieving 100 percent of their goal will receive a 25 percent discount.

Sponsors will have through Nov. 30, 2012 to set up their class(es) and use their discount.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in certain states with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. 


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


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