Pay It Forward This Spring

April 23, 2012

Donate Blood with the American Red Cross


You never know when disaster will strike.  Will it affect you, your family, your neighbors or your community?  During times of distress, there’s one thing that remains constant – the need for help.


You can help Pay It Forward by donating blood.  Blood donors affected by a disaster may be forced to cancel blood donation appointments and may not be available to reschedule in the near future.  Plus, businesses and schools affected by a disaster may be unable to hold blood drives at their locations.


Just as the need for help remains constant, so does the need for blood.  Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.  More than 44,000 units of blood are needed each day to treat patients at U.S. hospitals. 


In addition, the American Red Cross today announced a promotional partnership with, the leading provider of restaurant savings nationwide. National Dine Out Week, founded to celebrate dining out, dining local and helping to save lives, is on now through April 29. All presenting donors at Red Cross donation centers will receive a $25 gift card to When the gift cards are redeemed on the website, will make an additional financial gift to the 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.