Rock and roll up your sleeve: Give blood with the Red Cross

American Red Cross

Donors have chance to win VIP trip to Graceland and more by coming to give in June

Elvis Presley was a Red Cross blood donor.

FINGER LAKES — Elvis Presley is known for being the first global rock and roll icon. He was also a blood donor himself! While times have changed, the need for blood has not − donors can leave a lasting legacy themselves by making a lifesaving blood or platelet donation with the American Red Cross.

In honor of the new Baz Luhrmann film, "Elvis," all who come to give in the month of June will be automatically entered for a chance to win a VIP trip to Graceland for two, including round-trip airfare to Memphis, plus a three-night stay at The Guest House and Elvis Entourage VIP tour, courtesy of Graceland, a custom-wrapped Gibson Epiphone guitar and more. Additionally, those who come to donate June 1-30 will also receive a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.

It’s critically important the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply for patients this summer. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Final days of COVID-19 antibody testing

All Red Cross blood, platelet and plasma donations are being tested for COVID-19 antibodies through June 3. Donors can learn if their donation has the antibody levels needed to potentially help COVID-19 patients with a weakened immune system.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 1-15:

  • June 6, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tyrone Fire Department, 3600 State Route 226, 
  • June 7, 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 135 Hamilton St., Penn Yan
  • June 7, 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Legion Post 660, 10 Spring St., Dundee
  • June 15, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Prattsburgh Central School, 1 Academy St.
  • June 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wellspring Fellowship, 463 Main St., Penn Yan
  • June 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Watkins Glen Community Center, 155 S. Clute Park Dr.
  • June 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Watkins Glen Community Center, 155 S. Clute Park Dr.

Blood drive safety

The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive. 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, 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.