Submitted by Sue Theseng, ARC

ST. PAUL, MN – The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to those who come out to donate blood or platelets during September.

“We are pleased to partner with Sport Clips Haircuts in September nationwide, and through their generosity, offer a coupon for a free haircut to thank our amazing volunteer blood donors for their lifesaving gift to help patients in need,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Those who present to give blood or platelets Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email a few days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 8, 2015, and donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

“A sufficient blood supply is a community-wide responsibility, and Sport Clips is proud to continue our partnership with the Red Cross to raise awareness of the need for blood and platelet donations,” said Margaret Briscoe, corporate communications manager for Sport Clips. “This is Sport Clips’ way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who support the Red Cross’ important mission.”

Donors of all blood types – especially types O negative, A negative and B negative – and platelet donors are urged to give. To make an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org/sport-clips or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Locations to donate are: Chippewa Valley Blood Donation Center, 3485 East Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, WI. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Additional blood donation opportunities are in the following counties: Eau Claire - Eau Claire, 9/10/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Davies Center, 105 Garfield Ave.; Pepin – Durand, 9/14/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Durand Masonic Community Center, 203 W. Main St.; Pierce – Elmwood, 9/3/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Village Auditorium, 323 W. Winter Ave.; Hager City, 9/4/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wisconsin Industrial Sand, N. 1464 770th Street; Saint Croix – Baldwin, 9/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence. ; Hudson, 9/11/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Hudson YMCA, 2211 Vine St.

How to donate blood: Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.