Airpods, Holiday World Tickets Are Raffle Prizes for Blood Donors at the 44NEWS Rewrite the Stars Blood Drive & Carnival

With vacations and activities, the summer months are usually the toughest to get blood donors

But people will have the chance to donate and have fun with games and prizes at the Rewrite the Stars Blood Drive and Carnival this Wednesday.

“This is the worst that we’ve seen in term of shortages,” said Ashley Hughes, district manager for donor recruitment.

As an added incentive, blood donors will be entered to win prizes like free Holiday World tickets, even Apple Airpods.

While the first 50 health care heroes to arrive will receive a complimentary gift from Dillards.

“As an individual who is in health care,” Hughes said. “Man has it been a year plus, right.”

The hope, is that younger donors will show out as well.

“As we see our older generation of donors become blood recipients rather than blood donors,” Hughes said. “We need that fresh crop of people.”

Paul Gehlhausen, who has been donating blood platelets for the past forty years, along with his wife, drives over an hour from his town in Celestine, Indiana just to come to Evansville.

And it’s worth it, knowing they are helping cancer patients especially.

“They have to depend on people like me or you to come down here and do it for them,” he said. “Because with out us, their life is much shorter.”

And while the pandemic has kept some people away from donating, Gehlhausen said it’s only made him more dedicated.

“The people needing it aren’t going away unless they are being buried,” he said.

The blood drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Square Mall.