Green Flag Waving By Red Cross Racing For Blood Donors
Racing fans are amongst the most generous individuals in any sport across the world, lending a helping hand to their neighbors at the track during good times as well as times of need.
With the summer stretch kicking off in NASCAR, it's just one of the many activities that are going on while the need for blood donors is in great demand.
As the mercury rises and families plan their family vacations, there's one organization that plans to foster reward by an act of kindness.
The American Red Cross through their partnership with the No. 16 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford team of Greg Biffle will go full-speed in their campaign to remind fans to give blood during the hot summer months.
"I encourage everyone who is eligible to give blood to call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a convenient blood donation location," Biffle said. "You may save up to three lives and the donation only takes an hour."
Biffle's No. 16 Ford Fusion will don its familiar white and black trim liveries, but the hood of his car will carry one simple message - "Give Blood."
Red Cross Racing encourages donors to join their online community at RedCrossRacing.com, where members can get points for each donation in exchange for racing gear.
For the first time in the four-year partnership with Biffle's No. 16 and the American Red Cross, these points can be exchanged for Best Buy Reward Zone points.
If you're wondering how to go about donating blood, you must have a valid driver's license or blood donor card, or two other forms of identification which will be needed at check-in.
Donors who are at least 17 years old (age 16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are considered in good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and other donors ages 18 or younger may have to meet certain height and weight requirements in order to give their blood.
A non-government agency, the Red Cross is an organization that feeds, shelters, and provides comfort to victims of disasters, teaching lifesaving skills, provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families.
Author's Note: Thanks to Courtney Junkin of the American Red Cross' Sales and Marketing department for the heads-up on this neat venture! Donate what you can, when you can!