Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood.

I don’t post about too many contests but here is one I think is important:

“This year, the National Youth Council is launching a contest to create a modern t-shirt design just for young blood donors. While supplies last, all presenting donors on a high school or college campus in the United States will receive this snazzy shirt as a thank you gift.

Participate. Design a tee that represents the significance of blood donation, the gift of life. Create something edgy that high school and college students will want to wear. Need some inspiration? Visit to learn more about blood donors and recipients of blood products.

If your design is chosen, it will be screened onto 600,000 shirts and distributed nationwide. Your design will be worn by hundreds of thousands of young people all over the United States.”

I suggest you plan on designing something snazzy, since “snazzy” is the best way to describe a modern t-shirt to young people. OK, I’m just being silly, but the contest sounds like a great opportunity to earn $1K, get your work out there, and help spread the word of a good cause. Whether you plan on participating or not, please read more about the importance of donating blood at or

Get more details about the contest here.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.