Give the Ultimate Treat this October – Donate Blood

October 5, 2010

Ghastly.  Ghoulish.  Ghostly.  Giving?  Redefine Halloween by donating blood.  It could save the life of a ghost or goblin close to you.

October is here.  For many of us, thoughts drift to candy, costumes and carving pumpkins.  But for many patients at area hospitals, the only treat that’s sure to please is a blood donation.

Blood transfusions are used for trauma victims—due to accidents and burns—heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, newborns and premature babies, complications during childbirth and  patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Forget the trick and give a treat this October by donating  at one of Tulsa’s Red Cross Centers. The centers are located at 10151 E. 11th St and 71st and Memorial (sw corner.)

Thanks to a generous donation by the Ford Motor Company, the Red Cross is giving away a 2011 Ford Fiesta to one lucky winner.  It’s our way of saying thank you to our committed blood donors.  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.

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 www.redcrossblood.orgfor 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 www.redcross.orgor join our blog at