Red Cross offers Apple iPods for blood donations

“The Red Cross, faced with a shortage of blood donations, has found an unusual way to get potential donors to their doorstep,” Fox News reports. “Across the country, some chapters of the Red Cross have begun offering incentives including raffles for free iPods, vacations, free gas cards and free meals in an attempt to increase the nation’s blood supply.”

“In addition to offering prizes, the Red Cross is also relaxing some of its screening rules to widen the potential donor pool, including extending the length of time some donors can have lived in Europe and still give blood. But the Red Cross says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved all changes to the guidelines for blood donations to ensure that the blood supply remains safe,” Fox News reports. “The Red Cross admits it doesn’t know what impact the new standards and incentives will have on blood donation, but the organization hopes it will make a difference.”

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  1. Double edged sword. Cool that they are coming up with an incentive program and that they included iPod(s), but sad that they HAVE to come up with an inventive program. Blood donation should be one of those no-brainers that you just do.

  2. “Hey, I’ve got about 4.7 liters of blood, how many chances in the raffle for the iPod does that give me?”

    I dont think we need a “woman pee’s herself for iBook” and a “Man bleeds to death for iPod” story in the same week.

  3. Apple’s iPods have not fallen into the wrong hands. How noble…to
    donate blood for the chance to win a raffle drawing. If I win…I get
    a bloodPod…if not I can settle for a plain old iPod. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”confused” style=”border:0;” />

    What a Creepshow!

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  4. Give your blood. You’re not using it. Tell your friends to do it, too. You might need it some day.

    Don’t do it for the iPod. Don’t do it for the free juice & Cheez-Its. Just do it.

    It does NOT hurt. If you’re afraid of needles, close your eyes. I do.
    It does NOT take too much time (less than an hour from arrival to departure in most cases).
    It does NOT put you at risk.
    It DOES constitute a free STD & Blood Disease test for you.
    It DOES save a life.

  5. After being diagnosed with cancer I’m no longer able to donate, but I recommend it to those that can. It’s simple, you can meet some rather nice people and you can be sure that every minute of the day someone REALLY needs what you can give them. You might also find that you have a common or rare blood type. I have a friend in Australia with a rare one. He can’t donate on a normal schedule, but is on call 24/7/365 in case there is an emergency need.

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