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Newsfront - June 26, 2009

American Red Cross exchanging ice cream for blood

Donating blood only takes about an hour and can help save up to three lives. And if that's not reason enough, in July donating blood could also fill up your gas tank.

Next month, blood donors with the American Red Cross are eligible to enter one of four weekly drawings for a $100 gas card. In addition to the gas cards drawings, all presenting blood donors from July 1 through July 4 will receive a coupon for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

Blood supplies can dwindle during the summer months, when regular donors are away on vacation or are preoccupied with other summertime activities. At the same time, the need for blood can rise as increased roadway and travel-related injuries can drain supplies.

All Red Cross blood donor centers will be open July 4, including in Pleasant Hill at 140 Gregory Lane and in Pleasanton at 5556-B Springdale Ave. To schedule an appointment, call 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) or visit online at


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