Red Cross rewards blood donors as summer winds down | Events
Even with summer winding down, the Red Cross is still in need of blood donors.
Red Cross is offering a special incentive for those who roll up their sleeves and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supply for the Labor Day weekend.
According to a Red Cross news release, those who come in to donate between August 26 and September 9, will be entered to win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.
“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said Dr. Jennifer Wheeler-Buenger, medical director of the Red Cross Arizona Blood Services Region. “As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation.”
Despite an early summer increase in donations, the Red Cross reports there is still an urgent need for platelets and blood types O negative, A negative, and B negative. Summer months are an especially hard time for donations to keep up with patient needs, according to the Red Cross.
“Patients in local hospitals often can’t take a break to enjoy the holiday,” Wheeler-Buenger said. “But blood and platelet donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends – simply by rolling up a sleeve.”
To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all blood and platelet donors between August 31 and September 2 will receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to donate.