Make this July 4th Extraordinary by Donating Blood: You could win a $1,000 Gas Card from the American Red Cross

June 29, 2011

Picnics and parades are nice.  But if you really want to put the spark back in your sparkler, consider giving blood with the American Red Cross this July 4 weekend.


As an extra incentive, this Fourth of July weekend, anyone who presents to donate blood with the Red Cross from July 1-4 (Friday-Monday) is automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gas card.

Call 1-800-RedCross or click here to find the blood drive closest to your location this holiday weekend.


By donating blood and helping to save lives, you can turn an ordinary July 4 into an extraordinary holiday.  In fact, the need for blood never takes a holiday.   


The Red Cross invites you to Be Extraordinary.  Give blood and give someone another chance to enjoy a parade, a picnic or a fireworks display. 


There is no substitute for human blood. And volunteer donors are the only lifeline for patients in need of a transfusion.  Thank you for being extraordinary this July 4. 

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