The Red Cross is asking for blood donations this fall

The American Red Cross is asking the public to start the fall season with a blood or platelet donation.

“While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes,” reads a press release from the organization. Those who donate this fall are playing a role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients who rely on blood products for care, especially ahead of the holiday season, the statement said.

To encourage donations, the American Red Cross is giving chances to win prizes for people who donate in September and October.

Everyone who donates blood and platelets through September 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a NASCAR VIP Race Experience which includes two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips Haircuts sponsored race of the winner’s choice, a round-trip airfare for two, up to a three-night hotel stay and admission to a Sport Clips Racetrack Hospitality Tent, if available, plus a $750 gift card.

Those who donate during the rest of September will also receive a coupon for a free Sport Clips haircut via email.

For the third prize opportunity, those who donate between October 1 and October 31 will receive a $5 e-gift card via email to a merchant of their choice.

Book a time to donate blood or platelets using the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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