Boost the Summer Blood Supply at the Pontiac Summer Spectacular Blood Drive

July 20, 2012

PONTIAC, Ill. (July 20, 2012) – To help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients, the American Red Cross is hosting the Pontiac Summer Spectacular Blood Drive on July 25 at the Pontiac VFW. All presenting donors will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Wal-Mart gift card or a $50 Shell gas card. All presenting donors will also receive a free Dilly Bar, compliments of the Pontiac Dairy Queen.

The Pontiac Summer Spectacular Blood Drive comes during an important time for the Red Cross blood supply. Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

“Blood donors of all blood types are critically needed as the summer continues,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The Pontiac Summer Spectacular Blood Drive serves as a vital opportunity to not only win a great prize and enjoy some great food, but will also help ensure blood and platelets are available for patients – no matter when or where they are needed.”

Pontiac Summer Spectacular Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 25

11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pontiac VFW

531 Lincoln Ave., Pontiac

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card, or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at