Effingham Man Wins $250 Gas Card from Red Cross

September 8, 2011


Paying at the Pump is Pain Free this Summer

Effingham, IL, resident Jim Gartner has been donating blood for over ten years, but his latest donation netted him $250 in fuel!

Gartner is one of the latest winners in the Red Cross Be Extraordinary campaign, during which the Red Cross held weekly drawings for $250 gas cards.  During the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Red Cross held a drawing for a $1,000 gas card.  To be entered to win, all someone had to do was attempt to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donation center.  Now that’s a deal!

Gartner’s blood donation on Aug. 15 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham certainly wasn’t his first.  In fact, he estimates he’s donated at least 30 times since retiring from the workforce in 2000.  He says since he has enough blood to spare, he might as well share.

“I’ll let someone who truly needs it use it,” he says.

He’s using that same approach with his gas cards: he’s working with his local church to give them to someone less fortunate who could use a helping hand.

You can get in on the fun, too! 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 redcrossracing.com or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.