Give Blood or Platelets for Chance at Year’s Supply of Gas

Aug. 8, 2022 5:10p 2022

From the American Red Cross: 

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Aug. 8, 2022) — Did you know about 62% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood? But, only about 3% does. By making an appointment to help save lives with the American Red Cross in August, donors can pump up the blood supply and keep it from falling to shortage levels. Platelet donors are especially needed now.

As a thank-you, all who come to give Aug. 1-31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners. Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.* Donors can schedule an appointment to give using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 8-31:

Kenosha County: 


8/19/2022: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sozo Chiropractic, 1711 Green Bay Rd Suite C

8/25/2022: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kenosha Masonic Center, 115 56th st



Racine Co:


8/11/2022: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Low Daily Brewery, 700 N Pine St


Mt Pleasant

8/31/2022: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mt Pleasant Family YMCA Sealed Air Branch, 8501 Campus Dr



8/25/2022: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Racine Public Library, 75 7th St



Walworth Co.: 


8/15/2022: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 416 W Geneva



8/23/2022: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kunes Country RV, 9 Deere Rd

8/26/2022: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sperino's Monte Carlo Room, 720 N. Wisconsin St.


Lake Geneva

8/12/2022: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., The Cove of Lake Geneva, 111 Center St

9/1/2022: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Como Community Church, W3901 Palmer Road



9/6/2022: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 228 Martin St


Blood drive safety 

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.  

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Amplify Your Impact − Volunteer! 

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for a either position, visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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