American Red Cross Teams Up With Restaurant.Com: Partnership Will Support Local Restaurants and Help Save Lives During National Dine Out Week

April 18, 2012

The American Red Cross is pleased to announce a promotional partnership with, the leading provider of restaurant savings nationwide. National Dine Out Week, founded to celebrate dining out, dining local will also help to save lives.

All presenting donors at the Wichita Blood Donor Center, the Hays Blood Donor Center and the W.H. and Helen M. Graves Blood Platelet Center from April 23 through April 29, 2012, will receive a $25 gift card to When the gift card is redeemed on the website, will make an additional financial gift to the Red Cross.

 “We’re excited to announce the launch of National Dine Out Week,’s first holiday, dedicated to supporting our own partner restaurants while helping the Red Cross save lives,” said President and Chief Marketing Officer Christopher Krohn. “We hope to fill nearly 200,000 restaurant tables in local communities nationwide as a result of the efforts of National Dine Out Week.”    

In an effort to fill tables and support local restaurants across the country, will also make a donation to the Red Cross every time consumers:

  • Purchase a gift certificate for use at a favorite restaurant
  • Visit a local restaurant and share their dining experience during National Dine Out Week with
  • Share National Dine Out Week with friends on Facebook
  • Tweet about local dining plans during National Dine Out Week using #DineLocal
  • Text DINELOCAL to 78166

“We’re honored to team up with for this generous cause,” said Terri Dunaway, CEO, Central Plains Region. “We admire’s mission to support local restaurants, while helping the Red Cross reach its goal of helping to save lives in our community.” 

Participating locations:

Wichita Blood Donor Center
707 N. Main, Wichita, Kan.
Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Platelet donations by appointment only:  In Wichita call 268-0875 or toll free 1-866-206-0694 

Hays Blood Donor Center
208 E. 8th St., Hays, Kan.,
Hours:  Tuesday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

W.H. and Helen M. Graves Blood Platelet Center
120 W. Prescott, Salina, Kan.
Platelet donations by appointment only:  Call toll free 1-866-206-0694 


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 19 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


People interested in learning more about becoming a platelet donor should call 1-866-206-0694.


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


About is the leading provider of restaurant savings nationwide. The company offers the best deal on every meal at more than 18,000 restaurants nationwide with nearly 50,000 daily gift certificate options. has helped customers save more than $2 billion since the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based company was founded in 1999. For more information, visit