T-shirts will be given out, drawing for rock album


Whether you rock around the clock or just love to rock ‘n’ roll all night, the American Red Cross wants you to “Rock and Roll up Your Sleeves” this summer and donate blood.
Giving the “gift of life” can truly make music for someone else in Augusta and Douglass.
“Rock and Roll up Your Sleeves” at either the Augusta blood drive on Friday, June 27, from noon to 6 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 1012 Belmont or the Douglass blood drive on Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church, 204 S. Willow and receive a special rocker-style T-shirt and the opportunity to win an authentic Lynyrd Skynyrd platinum album.
The need for blood is especially high in the summer due to an increase in travel because of family vacations and school breaks. 
“It doesn’t matter if you love Elvis, download hip-hop to an I-pod or sing in the shower, music gives life and so does donating blood,” said Bev Kerbs, Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative.
 “It’s not the Red Cross that needs your donation; it’s a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker who is counting on blood being on the hospital shelves.”
In recent years, summer months have been particularly difficult on the community’s blood supply and the Red Cross urges not only rockers but everyone to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org to make an appointment to help save a life.
 In less time than it takes to listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Second Helping platinum album that the Red Cross is raffling away to presenting donors, you can help save the lives of up to three people.  Fewer than eight percent of the healthy, able population who can donate, actually do and there is a constant need for blood.
“Only at the Red Cross can you help save a life and maybe win a Lynyrd Skynyrd platinum album,” continues Kerbs.
 “So, come, give blood and support our community. And afterwards, you will feel like a rock star.”
You need to be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with signed American Red Cross parental consent form).
 The Red Cross reminds those coming to donate to bring a picture ID.