Red Cross asking for blood donations this fall

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

“While the leaves turn, the need for blood never changes,” a news release from the organization says. Those who give this fall play a role in keeping the blood supply high enough to help patients counting on blood products for care, especially ahead of the holiday season, the release says.

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

All who give blood and platelet donations through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP NASCAR racing experience that includes 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.

Those who give 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 give between Oct. 1 and 31 will receive a $5 e-gift card via email to a merchant of choice.

Book a time to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.