Ballwin Resident Wins $250 Gas Card from Red Cross

July 27, 2011

Paying at the Pump is Pain Free this Summer


(St. Louis, MO, July 27, 2011)


Give a pint, get a tank.  Actually, you could win several tanks of free gasoline if you present to give blood with the American Red Cross this summer.  Now that’s a deal.


A $250 gas card is up for grabs each week, with special $1,000 gas card giveaways for the Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.


John Adams, 66, of Ballwin is the winner of a $250 gas card giveaway after he attempted to donate blood at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 10.  Adams was unable to give blood because of a recent prostate cancer diagnosis, but estimates he had donated approximately 15 times prior to the diagnosis.     


“I always appreciated everything the Red Cross did and always supported them,” Adams says of his past donations.  “People need blood, so I gave blood.”


Adams is retired, so he does not have a daily work commute, but says the $250 in gas is “wonderful”, especially considering the current fuel prices.


Paying at the pump could be pain free for you, too.  Anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross now through Sept. 5 is automatically entered into a drawing for a $250 gas card.  On Labor Day weekend, anyone presenting to donate Friday through Monday is automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gas card.


Plus, anyone who presents to donate blood Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 is automatically entered into the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.  One winner is selected by random drawing on Monday, Sept. 19.  For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. 


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; 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. For more information, please visit or join our blog at