Columbia Woman Wins $250 Gas Card from Red Cross

August 24, 2011

Paying at the Pump is Pain Free this Summer

Columbia resident Mary Jo Henry has been donating blood since the early 1990’s, but her latest blood donation with the American Red Cross just got her $250 in free fuel!


Henry is one of the latest winners in the Red Cross Be Extraordinary campaign, during which the Red Cross is holding weekly drawings for $250 gas cards.  Entering the drawing is simple: just visit a Red Cross blood drive or donation center and sign up to give blood.  Through Sept. 5, the Red Cross will hold weekly drawings for the $250 card, while those who attempt to donate blood during the Labor Day holiday weekend will be entered to win a $1,000 gas card.  Now that’s a deal!


Henry donated blood at the Joe Machens Toyota blood drive on August 12. She’s been a regular blood donor for nearly 20 years after first becoming aware of the need while working at an area hospital.


Henry says she has never known of a relative who has needed a blood transfusion, but does know one blood donation can help save up to three lives.


“If you could help save a life, why wouldn’t you?” she says.


As for the $250 gas card, will Henry be able to find a use for it?


“With the way (gas) prices have gone up and down…absolutely,” she says.


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 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 can enter the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 candy red 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