Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves with the American Red Cross

January 5, 2011


Attention guys and gals!  Strap on your blue suede shoes and put on your best poodle skirts.  It’s time to Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve with the American Red Cross and Elvis Presley Enterprises.


January and February are tough months for blood collections, as cold weather, snow and ice are often to blame for blood drive cancellations.  It’s also the time of year when even the most dedicated blood donors prefer not to leave the warmth of their homes to give blood.


However, hospital patients in your community are counting on volunteer blood donors, like you, to provide needed blood products.  Just one blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives.  You can make a difference.


So, don’t be a “Hound Dog” this winter.  Eat a hearty fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, swivel your hips and schedule an appointment to donate blood with the Red Cross. 


All presenting blood donors at select blood drives, Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 2011, receive a specially designed Elvis themed rock and roll T-shirt.  Plus, are eligible to win one of the following prizes during the “Ultimate Elvis Sweepstakes”:

  • An expense paid trip for two to Las Vegas featuring tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Viva Elvis and accommodationsat ARIA Resort & Casino™ at CityCenter.
  • A VIP expense paid trip for two to Memphis featuring VIP Graceland access and accommodations at The Peabody Hotel.

As you can see, it’s “one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, go, go” and make your blood donation appointment with the Red Cross today.  As Elvis would say,” Thank you. Thank you very much.”


For your convenience, you may now schedule blood donation appointments online at  You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS.  See official rules for full contest details.


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