'Rev Up for Summer' with the American Red Cross, MIS

May 14, 2013

Midland blood drive gives donors a chance to help save lives, win NASCAR tickets



Midland, MI—May 14—The American Red Cross is giving you a chance to help save a life AND win one of two pair of tickets to the June 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 Race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Everyone who comes out to donate blood from 2PM – 7:45PM on Thursday, May 23 at Centre Lodge #273 F&AM (148 E. Main Street, Suite 300, Midland) can enterDonors will also receive a Red Cross insulated tote bag and will be entered in our month-long giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Champions Club at MIS for all three days of racing.


“Memorial Day is fast approaching and your blood donation this time of year works as both a tribute and testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Kelly Remer, Donor Recruitment Representative for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.  “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll honor those who dedicated their lives to others and you’ll give the gift of life to help others in need.”


Coming to donate blood before the long Memorial Day weekend can help strengthen and maintain America’s blood supply for the summer season.  Low blood supplies are typical from late May through September because regular donors and their families become busy with summer fun and may neglect to donate blood. At the same time, blood needs rise as roadway and travel-related accidents drain supplies.


“The need for blood never takes a vacation,” said Remer.  “We’re asking all eligible donors to make donating part of their summer activities.”


To donate blood or find other opportunities contact the Red Cross at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).





How to Donate Blood

To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit  redcrossblood.org 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 Blood Services Region serves 65 counties, and needs to collect about 650 units of blood a day to meet patient need in hospitals. In addition to supplying about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, the American Red Cross 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.