Red Cross Celebrates November by Giving Thanks to Donors and Giving Back to the Community!

December 18, 2009

Donors can enter to win weekly raffles for $200 grocery shopping sprees!

October 23, 2009 (Ashley, PA)During the month of November, the American Red Cross Blood Services Northeast Pennsylvania Region is giving thanks to blood donors while giving back to the community. All presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives throughout the month of November will be entered to win a weekly raffle for a $200 grocery shopping spree.* In addition, the Red Cross will be collecting non-perishable food items at its Scranton and Wilkes-Barre fixed donation sites, along with at specific blood drives in the region, to donate to local agencies to help the needy this holiday season.
By offering the chance to win $200 grocery shopping sprees, the Red Cross is saying thank you to its generous donors for rolling up their sleeves to give the gift of life and ensuring that there is a sufficient blood supply for patients and hospitals. The Red Cross is also encouraging its donors and other members of the community to donate canned food and other non-perishable items at participating Red Cross locations and blood drives so that more families can enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.
To make an appointment to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive in November, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or log on to
“The Red Cross is excited to offer its dedicated donors the chance to win $200 towards their holiday grocery shopping as a token of our appreciation for supporting our lifesaving mission,” says Donna M. Morrissey, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross – Northeast Division. “By also collecting non-perishable food items, the Red Cross hopes to increase awareness in the community about the importance of charitable giving during the holiday season.”
Blood can be used for patients undergoing many surgical procedures, organ transplants, trauma and chemotherapy. For some patients, such as the victim of an automobile accident, the need for blood is sudden. For others, ongoing transfusions are needed to sustain lifesaving medical treatment.
To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in general good health. High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.  Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. For additional information regarding donor eligibility or where to give blood, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit 
Melissa Quinlan