American Red Cross, Best Buy Reward Blood Donor

May 14, 2010

Owosso Resident to Receive Red Carpet Treatment at Flint Store

The American Red Cross celebrated Red Cross Month last month, but one Red Cross blood donor will celebrate winning a $250 Best Buy gift card this weekend for donating blood.

Tina Davis, an Owosso resident and regular blood donor, will receive the red carpet treatment Saturday, April 17 at the Best Buy store in Flint. Davis, who was one of thousands of American Red Cross donors who came out to donate blood from March 22-27, began donating blood when a co-worker was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“When (she) was diagnosed with cancer, we all got together and started donating blood in her honor – to show her support,” Davis said. “When she passed away, I continued to donate in her memory.”

Davis will be greeted at the Best Buy on Miller Road by store employees and a personal shopper. She will also be given a $250 gift card to be used toward any item in the store.

“We are grateful to Best Buy for their continued support of the American Red Cross’ life-saving mission,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “This is a great way to show appreciation to our dedicated donors.”

The American Red Cross and Best Buy will also join forces this summer to help boost collections during the tough summer months. Every person who attempts to donate blood or platelets from June 1 to August 31 will have the chance to win one of three (3) $500 Best Buy gift cards.

“We are pleased to support an organization that does so much to help save and improve lives,” said Jennifer Chopp, Community Relationship Program Lead for Best Buy Michigan Market. “This is a great opportunity for us to recognize individuals who make a positive difference – helping to save lives by donating blood.”

About the American Red Cross
The Great Lakes Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 700 units of blood a day to meet patient needs in hospitals across the state. In addition to providing blood to our community, the American Red Cross also provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.