American Red Cross Encourages Blood Donations During Challenging Summer Months

May 11, 2012

During the summer months, blood donations often decrease, while the need for blood remains constant. To help ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need, the American Red Cross is encouraging all eligible blood donors to make donating blood or platelets a part of their summer plans. From May 21 to September 5, 2012, all presenting donors who give a little will have the chance to live a little in the Live Life. Give Life. summer appreciation program.

 “As donors choose how to spend their time this summer, we encourage them to make time to help give the gift life by donating blood or platelets as often as they are eligible with the Red Cross,” said Geoff Kaufmann CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region.  “The more donors give this summer, the more they increase their odds of winning a prize certificate, and the more lives they help change.”

All presenting donors in the Mid-America Blood Services Division* between May 21 and September 5, 2012 will earn a chance to win a prize certificate for $5,000 redeemable at Hundreds of prize choices are available, including vacation getaways, shopping sprees or meals out for a year!

During specific summer holiday timeframes outlined below, five presenting donors within the North Central Blood Services Region are eligible to win a prize package worth $200 redeemable for items of their choosing. Winning donors can choose from restaurants, department stores, books, music, electronics and more! Donors under age 18 must have the written permission of a parent or legal guardian to accept a prize.


Promotional Period

Regional Prize Packages

Memorial Day

May 24 to May 30

$200 prize package

Independence Day

June 29 to July 8

$200 prize package

Labor Day

August 30 to September 5

$200 prize package

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

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


*The Mid-America Blood Services Division covers all or portions of the following U.S. states: northeastern Colorado, northern, central and southeastern Illinois, southern Indiana, eastern Iowa, northeastern Kansas, central Kentucky, upper Michigan, Minnesota, northeastern Missouri, Nebraska, eastern South Dakota and Wisconsin.