Blood Donations Needed this Holiday Weekend Following East Coast Hurricane

September 1, 2011

Red Cross to Give Away $1000 Gas Card

Labor Day Weekend is often referred to as “summer’s last hurrah”.  Some blood donors deviate from their typical donation schedule in lieu of family time and cook outs.  This year’s holiday follows Hurricane Irene, responsible for the cancellation of more than 75 American Red Cross blood drives, resulting in a loss of more than 2,730 units of blood. 


The Red Cross urges those who are healthy to donate blood or platelets this holiday weekend, and help revive the nation’s blood supply.  Because someone needs blood every two seconds, patients depend on consistent voluntary donations.  The need for blood never takes a holiday.


Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets at an American Red Cross blood donor center or blood drive.  Did you know just one blood donation can help save up to three lives?


This Labor Day weekend, anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross from Sept. 2-7 (Friday-Wednesday) will be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gas card, and have an opportunity to purchase discounted Rams tickets ($10-$15 savings).


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation 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 younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


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