American Red Cross blood donors rock!  Whether you’re a fan of Bill Haley and his Comets, the Rolling Stones or Bon Jovi, the Red Cross invites you to "Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeves" this summer to give blood or platelets. 

Donating blood can help save up to three lives because your blood is separated into its components – red cells, plasma and platelets – to treat patients with different needs. 

Donating platelets primarily benefits cancer patients. When a patient is undergoing chemotherapy, the production of blood cells is affected and the platelet count may drop to a critical level. 

Shake, Rattle and Roll into a Red Cross blood drive now through July 31 and you’ll be eligible to win a Gibson guitar courtesy of the Gibson Foundation. 

The Red Cross will award multiple guitars and 50,000 guitar picks, co-branded with the Gibson and Red Cross logos, during this campaign. In addition, you’ll receive a rock and roll themed T-shirt.

As a special incentive for young donors, anyone aged 16-21 can enter to win a $5,000 scholarship.

Good Golly Miss Molly, helping to save lives through blood donation makes you a rock star. Visit a Red Cross blood drive this summer and in no time you’ll be singing, “I love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

McKinney Blood Drive on July 20

The blood drive is sponsored by Desi Caswell and Thomas Turman from the Student Council Club at McKinney Boyd High School.

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 20

Where: Meeting Room at the McKinney Chamber offices, 2150 S. Central Expressway, Suite 150, in McKinney

Please contact Turman at or visit and use sponsor code "mckinneychamber" to schedule an appointment.

Emergency Need for Blood Donors

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors of all types. There is almost half the amount of readily available Red Cross blood now than there was at this point in time last year. Eligible donors with types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative are encouraged to donate double red cells where available.

Right now blood donations are not keeping pace with the demand for blood products. Many regular donors are busy or traveling and unavailable to give at this time. With schools on vacation and Independence Day drawing near, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. The need is constant.

Many people say they don’t give blood because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked!

Please donate to help during this summer blood shortage. For more information or to find a nearby donation opportunity, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

And, be sure to donate blood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20 at the McKinney Chamber, 2150 S. Central Expressway, Suite 150, in McKinney.


About the author: Kelly E. Carlin is a Donor Recruitment Representative, Biomedical Services, with the American Red Cross.