Russ's Market blood drives offer sweet rewards

June 20, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. — Summer is a time for the days that never end. Time for diving in and grilling out. Time to watch the fireworks, to have a picnic and to root for the home team. While many have fun making these memories around Independence Day, the American Red Cross also encourages eligible blood donors to give during this time when donations historically drop.
The American Red Cross and select Russ’s Markets in Lincoln, Neb. are offering all presenting blood donors a voucher for a free apple pie during three special Russ’s Market blood drives the week of Independence Day.
Russ’s Market blood donation opportunities:
July 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Russ’s Market blood drive, 4400 S. 33rd St. Ct., Lincoln, Neb.
July 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Russ’s Market blood drive, 2840 S. 70th St., Lincoln, Neb.
July 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Russ’s Market blood drive, 130 N. 66th St., Lincoln, Neb.
The Red Cross Summer of Stories campaign seeks at least two more donors — above what’s expected — at every Red Cross blood drive through Sept. 9. Donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood now to help avert a summer shortage.
To encourage more donations, all presenting blood donors between July 1 and July 15 will be entered to win one of five $3,000 American Express gift cards to help create their own summer of stories. Donors can also visit to share their summer blood donation story and view videos of patients whose lives were saved by donors.
Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.
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 consent 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 about 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