Starve a Mosquito and Save a Life

August 10, 2010

Mosquitoes love to take your blood!  Wouldn’t you rather share it with a neighbor in need? Help starve a mosquito by donating blood at the 8th annual American Red Cross Mosquito Bash Blood Drive. The event is held at this time of year to help replenish supplies which are often low due to summer activities and the back to school rush.   All types of blood are needed!


“We often do not consider the importance of blood until it personally impacts us,” said Bob Draper, Donor Recruitment Representative for the American Red Cross Blood Services in Jonesboro. “Cancer patients, accident victims, surgery patients and others have everyday need for blood products in our community.”  Draper added, “You never know when someone you know or love may be the person needing donated blood.”  He encouraged all area residents to visit the Mosquito Bash and starve a mosquito while helping a neighbor.   

This year’s Mosquito Bash also presents some great opportunities to win prizes while helping up to three people in need with each blood donation.  Refreshments will be served. Presenting donors will receive a Drive for Life T-shirt.   Also, anyone who presents to give blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center Aug. 1 – Sept. 15 is automatically entered to win a $100 gasoline card. One winner each day! You will also be entered into an August month-end drawing for one of the following--a 32” HDTV, a Digital Camera and a Digital Camcorder. 

Thanks to a generous donation by the Ford Motor Company, the American Red Cross and Red Cross Racing are giving away a 2011 Ford Fiesta to one lucky winner.  Donors can register online at for a chance to win. The sweepstakes ends Nov. 1, 2010. These opportunities are our way of saying thank you for helping maintain safe and adequate blood supplies around the clock wherever it is needed.  

Register online at and become a Red Cross Racing donor today! Every time you record your blood or platelet donations online, you’ll get points which can be exchanged for cool prizes. Red Cross Racing is an innovative program designed to encourage NASCAR fans to donate blood through the Red Cross.

Thank you for your support of the American Red Cross! You never know, you could Red, White and Vroom! To schedule an appointment for Friday’s drive, call 1-800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767) or make an appointment by visiting and entering  sponsor code; MosquitoJB.   Official rules are available at all blood drives. 

How to Donate Blood: 

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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more. 

About the American Red Cross:  

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Tips for a Successful Donation

Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.

  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation.  Avoid caffeine. 
  • Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating.


The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™