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July 27, 2004

Valdosta - There are two things you can almost always count on in the summertime, gas prices will be high and the blood supply will be low. The Southern Region of the American Red Cross is hoping it can offer some relief in both of those areas with a new summer sweepstakes.

The talk at Valdosta's Red Cross Donor Center isn't about blood today, it's about gas prices. "This time of year with the gas prices being so high, there's a big need for it,"said Inger Donatto. A big need for gas money, and the Red Cross is handing it out. "Any donor who comes in and donates during the summer months will be registered to win a gas card," said Robbin Miller, Organizer.

Giving just a pint of blood earns you a chance at winning big in the "Save a Life and Go Far" sweepstakes. These people are hoping their donations will bring relief to their monthly gas bills. "I would be ecstatic!" said Tom Tomberlin. "If you were traveling, and you had the chance to win that kind of money, that would get you where you were going," said Juanita Warner.

If your name is selected in the drawing, you get $1,500 worth of free gas. That's enough to last the average motorist all year long. "That would cut the cost on traveling back and forth to school in Tifton everyday," said Kimberly Fousek.

But whoever takes home the gas card won't be the only winner in this sweepstakes. The American Red Cross hopes the competition will boost their critically low blood supply and save hundreds of lives. "We are below a one-day supply in most blood types," said Miller.

You can register for the sweepstakes at any Red Cross Donor Center in South Georgia. The last day to make your qualifying donation is September 6th. Two $1,500 gas cards will be given out, one to a first time donor and one to a repeat donor.

posted at 3:50 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com