Washington, MO Man Wins Red Cross Gas Card

July 19, 2011


Clyde Voelkerding Answers the Call to “Be Extraordinary” and Wins $1,000 Gas Card


The next time Clyde Voelkerding of Washington fills his gas tank, the American Red Cross will help foot the bill.  Voelkerding won a $1,000 gas card through the Red Cross Be Extraordinary campaign, which runs through Labor Day weekend.

Through September 5, anyone who attempts to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donation center will automatically be entered into a weekly drawing to win a $250 gas card and have an opportunity to purchase discounted Rams tickets ($10-$15.00 savings) at the following Rams website: https://www.stlouisrams.com/redcross,.  Anyone who attempts to donate during the July 4 or Labor Day weekends will be entered to win a $1,000 gas card.  A new winner will be selected each week during the campaign.

Voelkerding says he was happy to have won the $1,000 card during the July 4 drawing, but originally thought the amount was much smaller.  “When I found out that it was $1,000, I was flabbergasted and very pleased!” he says. 

Voelkerding commutes daily from his home in Washington to his job in St. Louis, and says the prize will be put to very good use.  He donated platelets at the Red Cross Apheresis Center in Krakow, MO, something he does once per month.  Platelets aid in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding and are vital in helping patients with leukemia or other cancers, and can be donated at any American Red Cross donation center.

“I have watched through the years the great work that the Red Cross has done throughout the U.S. and around the world when people are struggling with disasters, natural and otherwise,” he says.  “I wanted to make a small contribution to those efforts, and for a long time I simply gave blood regularly.  Later, I was inspired by my mother’s participation in the apheresis program…It’s a great feeling to know that the time spent giving is helping so many others.” 

The American Red Cross is currently under a national appeal to blood donors to help with a critical shortage of blood donations.  All blood types are needed, especially O negative.

For your chance to be entered into a drawing for a gas card, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS and schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets at a drive or donation center near you.  The Red Cross thanks donors like Voelkerding who, through their generous blood donations, help save thousands of lives every year.

For your convenience, you may now schedule blood donation appointments online at www.redcrossblood.org.  You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS. 


Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending givelife to 90999 or registering online at redcrossblood.org.  


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to www.redcrossblood.org for more information or to schedule a blood donation 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 younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more.


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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org