First-time Donor Wins Month's Rent

May 26, 2011

Sabrina Beacom of Santa Cruz picked the perfect time to make her first blood donation.

Beacom gave blood with the American Red Cross on April 20 at the Santa Cruz Community blood drive. A few weeks later, she found herself the recipient of a free month of rent – courtesy of a promotional drawing held by the Red Cross

The Red Cross received several thousand entries for its Home Is Where the Heart Is promotion in April. The winner of the drawing, which was open to all presenting whole blood donors in the Northern California Region, would receive one free month of rent/mortgage (up to $2,000). Red Cross staff members do not recall a bigger promotion ever being held in the Northern California Region.

Beacom, a local college student, was randomly selected as the winner by the region’s director of collections and donor recruitment. 

“We were very excited to learn that the winner was a young, first-time blood donor,” Laura Marines said. “We’re hoping Sabrina will become a lifelong blood donor and encourage her friends and family to donate.”

When asked why she decided to donate blood, Beacom said it was one of the things on her “bucket list”. She’s planning to bring her boyfriend the next time she donates blood.

The next Santa Cruz Community blood drive will be held on June 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 220 Elk Street in Santa Cruz. Though there will not be a drawing to enter, blood donors will have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to save lives.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

About the American Red Cross

The Northern California Blood Services Region, which distributes blood to 29 hospitals, operates five blood donation centers and holds mobile blood drives throughout the Bay Area.