Make Memories That Make a Difference

June 18, 2012

Give the Gift of Life in Honor of Dads Everywhere


He’s there when you need him to lend a helping hand.  He cheers you on at your sporting events and dance recitals.  He fixes your broken doll or toy.  He’s the one you look up to.  He’s your dad.


This summer, make memories that make a difference by donating blood with the American Red Cross in honor or in memory of your dad.


Healthy, volunteer donors are the only source of lifesaving blood and blood products.  You don’t have to be a tough guy like your dad to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.


Plus, visit a Red Cross blood drive between now and July 31 and you’ll be eligible to win a Gibson guitar, courtesy of The Gibson Foundation.  The Red Cross will award multiple guitars and 50,000 guitar picks, co-branded with the Gibson and Red Cross logos, during this campaign.  In addition, you’ll receive a rock and roll themed t-shirt.


As a special incentive for our young donors, anyone aged 16-21 can enter to win a $5,000 scholarship!


Giving blood helps save up to three lives.  It’s the gift that will make any dad proud.  Instead of deciding what to get the man who has everything, make the easy choice and donate blood in his honor or in his memory.


Make an appointment to donate blood at a Red Cross donor center or blood drive by visiting or calling 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 more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at