Join Red Cross Racing and Help Slam the Brakes on a Summer Blood Shortage

May 18, 2011

OMAHA, Neb. - Since blood donations often drop to low levels during the summer, the American Red Cross encourages donors to get their motor running and head out to a blood drive or blood donation center. One lucky individual will cruise into fall with a brand new car!

Starting May 25 through Sept. 14, Red Cross Racing fans can register online at to be entered into the “Summer Drive Sweepstakes.” Participants 18 (or 19 if in Neb.) years of age and older have a chance to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE.  One winner will be selected by random drawing no later than Sept. 19. 

In addition, every time donors record their blood or platelet donations at, they’ll accrue points which can be exchanged, at any time, for Red Cross Racing-themed prizes. Points can also be donated back to the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) to help provide services, programs and goods to our troops and their families.

Red Cross Racing is an online rewards program encouraging more people to give blood and asks eligible donors to give more often. In the Midwest Blood Services Region, serving Nebraska, western Iowa and parts of Kansas and Colorado, more than 5,950 blood and platelet donations were reported on in 2010.  The Red Cross is celebrating the fourth year of its Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. Donate blood or platelets and sign up to win the “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” today! Visit for the official rules.  


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 generally in 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross 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.