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Turn over a new leaf -- give blood or platelets this fall - 09/22/22

Donors have chance at VIP racing experience and more as new season begins 


Portland, Ore (September 22, 2022) — On the first day of fall, the American Red Cross is asking the public to start the season off with a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes. Those who give this fall play an important role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients counting on blood products for care– especially ahead of the busy holiday season. Book a time to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

As a thank-you, the Red Cross is offering these exciting opportunities for donors: 

  • All who come to give through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience, including two tickets to a 2023 Sport Clips Haircuts-sponsored race of the winner’s choice, round-trip airfare for two, up to a three-night hotel stay, and entry to a Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent, if available, plus a $750 gift card, thanks to Sport Clips. 
  • Those who come to give in September will also receive a coupon for a free haircut by email, also thanks to Sport Clips. Details are available at 
  • All who come to give Oct. 1-31, 2022, will receive a $5 e-Gift Card by email to a merchant of choice.


Upcoming blood donation opportunities Sept. 23-Oct. 15:


September 24, 2022

Charles Drew Blood Drive, 3131 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


September 26, 2022

Even Hotel, 2133 Centennial Plaza, Eugene, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


September 30, 2022

Meier and Frank Depot Building, 1417 NW Everett St., Portland, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


October 3, 2022

Talent Community Center, 104 E Main St., Talent, 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


October 4, 2022

Riverdale High School, 9727 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


October 5, 2022

OHSU Knight Cancer Center, 15700 SW Greystone Ct, Beaverton, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Visit and put in your zip code to find a donation site near you. 

*Click here for b-roll of people giving blood.


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.


*Oregon and Washington still require face masks be worn at all blood drives and donation sites.



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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