American Red Cross, Best Buy Team Up This Summer

May 27, 2010

Electronics Superstore to Donate Gift Cards and Shopping Experience


Lansing, MI - The American Red Cross and Best Buy have joined forces again to help raise awareness about the importance of blood donation during the summer months.  Anyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets in June, July or August will be entered to win one (1) of three (3) $500 gift cards and the help of a personal shopper.  


“We are grateful to Best Buy for their outstanding dedication to the life-saving mission of the Red Cross,” said Sharon L. Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “They allow us to thank donors for taking time out of their busy summer schedules to give the gift of life.”


Many people in Michigan will take a vacation this summer.  The need for blood, however, will not.  During the summer months, the need for blood increases while blood donations tend to decrease.  Hectic schedules mean fewer donors, while travel and recreation mean more accidents on the roadways and waterways. 


In order to maintain a safe and ample blood supply this summer, all eligible blood and platelet donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give. All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Best Buy gift card along with advice from a personal shopper at the end of June, July and August.


“We are proud to partner with the Red Cross again to help raise awareness about the importance of blood donation,” said Jennifer Chopp, Community Relationship Program Lead for Best Buy Michigan Market.  “We have been successful in our past endeavors with the Red Cross, and are proud to continue our support of an organization that does so much to save lives.”  


Blood donors with all types of blood are needed on an ongoing basis, however type O negative and B negative donors are especially encouraged to give right now.  For more information on the Best Buy, American Red Cross partnership, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit