Meijer, Best Buy reward blood donors

The American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region, in partnership with Meijer, has rewarded two lucky individuals for donating blood at a June Red Cross blood drive.

Bethany Eldred of Walker is the June winner of a $250 Meijer gift card, which can be used for anything in the store, online or at the pump. “I feel it is my civic duty to donate blood,” said Eldred, a Red Cross blood donor
since 2003.

The Red Cross has joined forces with Meijer to give everyone who comes out to donate blood the chance to win free groceries for a month (a $250 value). During the summer months, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center has a chance to win a $125 Meijer gas card as well.

The winner of the Meijer gas card for the month of June is Carl Jessen of Fruitport. “I understand the need and the importance of maintaining the blood supply,” said Jessen. “I have family members who have been in need and this is the least I can do to help out.”

“We are thankful to local businesses, like Meijer, who help us in our mission to save lives,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO of the Great Lakes Region. “We would not be able to succeed in our life-saving mission without their generous support.”

This July, everyone who attempts to donate blood or platelets has a chance to win a $250 Meijer gift card, a $125 Meijer gas card and/or a $500 gift card to Best Buy. During the summer months, blood collections typically decrease because people become busy with summer activities. However, the need for blood never takes a vacation. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make an appointment to donate today.

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