Summertime is always a tough time for blood donations.  People go away for vacations.  They are busy doing many activities.  School is out.  The last one is the biggest problem for blood collection as blood drives at high schools and colleges are one of the most reliable sources for blood. 

The American Red Cross hopes you can find some time during the busy summer season to save lives by donating blood.  All blood types are needed, but they especially need O-negative, A-negative and B-negative.  O-negative is always in high demand because it can be tranfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

As an extra incentive, anyone who attempts to donate will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Meijer gift card, a $125 Meijer gas card or a $500 gift card to Best Buy.  You can make an appointment to donate by visiting: or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross. 

A single blood donation can save as many as three lives.  I'm donating this weekend.  Give blood.  The need is constant, the gratification is instant.