You Chicago city slickers are probably going to disagree with this statement, but I think NASCAR is awesome. The sport (yes, it’s a sport) has it all: noise, speed, colorful personalities, huge crowds and giant barbecued turkey legs for sale at every race – amazing. I’m mesmerized every Sunday afternoon by the sight of 40ish identical cars repeatedly turning left on various oval tracks spread across the country. Don’t judge!
And even if NASCAR isn’t your thing, you can still benefit from the Red Cross’s partnership with 3M, Roush Fenway Racing and Greg Biffle. Go #16!
In an effort to contend with the annual Summer slump in blood donations, the Red Cross and its partners are rolling out the third annual Red Cross Racing program, which adds a little bit of fun to the blood donation process – not an oxymoron. Over the course of the season, you can earn points for giving blood, then redeem those points for prizes, and no, they’re not all NASCAR related.
Red Cross Racing makes it super easy to schedule a blood donation appointment online, make a financial contribution and track your points. Each consecutive procedure carries a higher point value, and you can even earn points for referring friends. Not interested in Red Cross swag? You can also donate your points to the men and women serving our country.
Visit to sign up and start earning points. After you’ve signed up, all you have to do is enter your location, choose a blood donation center and pick a time. 50 points are yours just for registering.
Also, check out the Ready, Set, Give & Win Sweepstakes. Two lucky winners will receive a VIP travel package to a race.
Written by Jason Hoffman

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