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American Red Cross Partners with Darlington Raceway for Three-Day Blood Drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

April 17, 2013
 

CONTACT: Chasity Humphries, 843-992-4808, chasity.humphries@redcross.org

 

Florence, S.C., April 17, 2013 — The American Red Cross and Darlington Raceway invite you to give blood and experience the thrill of NASCAR with a three-day blood drive May 9-11, 2013 at the following locations.

 

  • Thursday, May 9, from 2:30-7:30 p.m.: Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival at Florence Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza in Florence
  • Friday, May 10, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Darlington Raceway (in display area), 1301 Harry Byrd Highway in Darlington
  • Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Darlington Raceway (in display area), 1301 Harry Byrd Highway in Darlington

 

All presenting donors will receive a free pre-race pit pass for this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday, May 11, at Darlington Raceway (must have race ticket in order to use pit pass).

 

To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: darlingtonraceway.

 

The demand for blood remains constant. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood they need to make a full recovery.

 

The Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  

 

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How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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. 

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.