Back to School Blood Donations Encouraged

August 18, 2010

Pencils, notebooks and new shoes!  Late summer is a busy shopping time for parents of school-aged children.

Now that the kids are back in school and there’s a little more time to relax, consider making an appointment to give blood with the American Red Cross.  Your reward for buying the kids those expensive designer jeans might be a brand new car and gasoline to fill the tank!

Anyone who presents to donate blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center Aug. 1 – Sept. 15 is automatically entered to win a $100 gasoline card.  One lucky winner each day!

Locally, you can give blood at either Tulsa Red Cross center: 11th and Highway 169 or 7158 S. Memorial (southwest corner of 71st and Memorial.)  Or, call 1-800-Red Cross to make an appointment or find the blood drive nearest your location.   

Thanks to a generous donation by the Ford Motor Company, the American Red Cross andRed Cross Racing are giving away a 2011 Ford Fiesta to one lucky winner.  It’s our way of saying thank you to our committed blood donors.  Donors can register online at for a chance to win.  Visit the website for official rules.  The sweepstakes ends Nov. 1, 2010. 

Register online and become a Red Cross Racing donor today!  Every time you record your blood or platelet donations online, you’ll get points which can be exchanged for cool prizes.  Red Cross Racing is an innovative program designed to encourage NASCAR fans to donate blood through the Red Cross.  Thanks to on-going support from 3M Company, the Red Cross has two full paint schemes on the Rousch Fenway No. 16 Ford Fusion this racing season.  We were at the New Hampshire race on Sunday, June 27 and will be at the Texas race on Sunday, Nov. 7.

So, please consider scheduling a summer blood donation appointment with the Red Cross.  You never know, you could Red, White and Vroom! your way to a brand new car and $100 in free gasoline.

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

Donors may subscribe to Red Cross texting by sending redcross to 42227 or registering online at  


How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to 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 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 or join our blog at