Honor Our Military Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2010

Join Red Cross Racing, donate blood and get points – or give points

Memorial Day is a special holiday in America because it commemorates U.S. men and women who died during their military service. This year, the Red Cross asks you to honor our brave service members and help save lives through your blood donations.

Log onto Red Cross Racing – Get Points or Give Points Back: Once you donate blood, you can go to redcrossracing.com and report your donation and get Red Cross Racing points. These points may be exchanged for exclusive racing gear and other exciting prizes. And, beginning this weekend, the American Red Cross, Greg Biffle and 3M Racing are proud to offer you one more way to show your patriotism by giving you the chance to donate your Red Cross Racing points back to the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF). Your donated points will help the Red Cross provide services, programs and goods to our troops and their families. Our 7,000 SAF volunteers and staff offer resources like emergency communications, support for wounded warrior programs, hospital outreach, veterans programs and assistance for families coping with the stress of deployment. Your points will help your Red Cross provide even more comfort and support to our troops and their families.

Get bonus Points: Red Cross Racing members who donate between Friday, May 28, 2010 and Tuesday, June 1, 2010, will get 75 bonus points to their Red Cross Racing account. The summer months are an important time to donate, as all types of blood are needed, especially type O negative.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 Red Cross Racing

Red Cross Racing is a donor rewards program designed to increase the number of blood donors and the number of times they donate. Blood donors get points in exchange for activities, including giving blood and/or platelets and recruiting other blood donors. Those points may be exchanged for exclusive NASCAR® racing gear and collectables. Check out redcrossracing.com to join the race where everyone wins.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.