Red Cross rewards blood donors as summer winds down

August 27, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Those who present to donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life. To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all presenting blood and platelet donors between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 will also receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt.

“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said Michele Wright, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation.”

While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood and platelet donations to keep pace with patient needs.

“Patients in local hospitals often can’t take a break to enjoy the holiday,” Wright said. “But blood and platelet donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends – simply by rolling up a sleeve.”

Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood or platelets. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Aug. 28 from noon to 7 p.m. at Harding University blood drive, 900 E. Center Ave., Searcy, Ark.

Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at University of Arkansas blood drive, 1106 W. Maple Street, Fayetteville, Ark.

Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mt. Zion Lodge #10 blood drive, 985 Batesville Blvd., Batesville, Ark.

Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church blood drive, 901 Calhoun Street, Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 4 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School blood drive, 101 W. Lamine Street, Lincoln, Mo.

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 with parental consent 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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.