Meijer Summer Promotions Continue

July 7, 2011

American Red Cross, Meijer Grocery and Gas Giveaway

Two lucky donors receive Meijer gift cards



July 7, 2011 – Lansing, MI – The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region, in partnership with Meijer, has rewarded two lucky individuals - one with a $250 Meijer gift card and another with $125 Meijer gas card - for donating blood at a June Red Cross blood drive.


Bethany Eldred, of Walker, MI, is the June winner of a $250 Meijer Gift Card which can be used for anything in the store, on-line, or at the pump.


“I feel it is my civic duty to donate blood,” said Eldred, a Red Cross blood donor since 2003.


The Red Cross has joined forces with Meijer to give everyone who comes out to donate blood the chance to win free groceries for a month (a $250 value). During the summer months, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center a chance to win a $125 Meijer gas card as well.


The winner of the Meijer gas card for the month of June is Carl Jessen, of Fruitport, MI. “I understand the need and the importance of maintaining the blood supply,” said Jessen. “I have family members who have been in need and this is the least I can do to help out.”


“We are thankful to local businesses, like Meijer, who help us in our mission to save lives,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the Great Lakes Region. “We would not be able to succeed in our life-saving mission without their generous support.”


This July, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets has a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card, a $125 Meijer gas card and/or a $500 gift card to Best Buy.  During the summer months, blood collections typically decrease because people become busy with summer activities.  However, the need for blood never takes a vacation.  Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment to donate today.


How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.


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.