It’s Back to School Time

August 16, 2011

Learn how to Save Lives by Giving Blood


It’s back-to-school time for children in our area and the American Red Cross has some thoughts for parents.  If you suddenly find you have a few more hours in the day, why not put them to use helping to save lives? 


An average adult in good health can donate a pint of blood at a Red Cross blood donor center or blood drive, six times a year, perhaps four to five times during a school year.  The whole process, from sign-in to refreshments, takes a little over an hour. Each donation can help save up to three lives, perhaps someone in your own neighborhood.


As an extra incentive this summer, anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross by Sept. 5 is automatically entered into a drawing for a $250 gas card, and will also have an opportunity to purchase discounted Rams tickets (discounted ticket vouchers available at St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Illinois drives only).  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 is automatically entered into 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. 


Take a lifesaving course.  Learn first aid.  Volunteer your time.  Help organize a Red Cross blood drive – perhaps at your child’s school – and recruit other parents to assist.  Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood. More than 39,000 pints of blood are transfused in the U.S. every day.  Educate yourself and others as to the need and how you can help.