Summer Savings Continue at the Red Cross

September 16, 2011


Record high temperatures, outrageous gas prices and a low blood supply.  It’s been a difficult summer.  Natural disasters, such as hurricane Irene hindered the best efforts of the American Red Cross to maintain an adequate blood supply.

The Red Cross blood supply is at critically low levels, which could increase the risk of surgery cancellations.

Click here to find a donation location near you.Thousands of generous volunteers chose to donate blood with the Red Cross.  You answered the call when we needed you.  The organization thanks you for your efforts to help provide lifesaving blood to hospital patients in need.    

Because of your generosity, the Red Cross is extending its summer of savings.  Over the next two weeks, the Red Cross is giving away $100 Visa gift cards.  In each Red Cross blood services region, five lucky winners are taking home a $100 Visa gift card each day.

You’ve spent your money on summer vacations and back to school shopping, now it’s time for you.  Help us extend the summer of savings by donating blood and you could help save up to three lives.  In return, you could save $100 on your September shopping spree.  These are significant savings everyone can appreciate.

Present to donate blood at any Red Cross blood drive or blood donor center Saturday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, October 9 and you are automatically entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

Click here to find a blood drive in your area or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)


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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


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