Give Blood/Get Stuff 30 Aug 13

Though the upcoming Labor Day holiday may mark the unofficial end to summer, the need for blood and platelet donors continues.

The American Red Cross is encouraging donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood or platelets to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Though donors of all types are needed, an urgent need exists for O negative, B negative and A negative blood donations as well as platelet donations.

To encourage donations during this critical time, those who present to give between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 will be entered to win one of five $1,000 American Express cards. Additionally, presenting donors between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt in appreciation for their donations.

Attached you will find a news release with additional details and upcoming Red Cross blood drives in your area. We greatly appreciate your help in reminding the community that patients in need don’t get a holiday from needing blood.

For information on giving blood, visit the Red Cross website at