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Red Cross Kicks Off “Race into Giving” Darlington Raceway Ticket Giveaway

South Carolina Blood Services Region

April 27, 2012
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2012

CONTACTS: Chasity Humphries, 843-992-4808, chasity.humphries@redcross.org (Florence)

                   Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034, jamie.muldrow@redcross.org (Sumter)

 

 

Red Cross Kicks Off “Race into Giving” Darlington Raceway Ticket Giveaway

 

Florence and Sumter, S.C.—The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region is giving 12 lucky blood donors and their guests the chance to experience heart-pumping NASCAR excitement with the “Race into Giving” ticket giveaway for this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500.

 

For your chance to win, simply stop by the Florence or Sumter Red Cross donation center from April 23 to May 11, 2012 to donate blood or platelets. Twelve presenting donors (two winners per week per donation center) will be selected at random to receive a pair of tickets to the Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR race Saturday, May 12, at Darlington Raceway. Winners will be drawn and contacted every Friday throughout the promotion: April 27, May 4 and May 11.

 

The need for blood is constant. Even in the spring and summer months, when people are seemingly their healthiest, those with illness, cancer or trauma need our help. The Red Cross encourages donors year-round to help make sure the blood supply in our region remains at adequate levels to provide for those in need.

 

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American 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 demand.

 

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

 

Florence Donation Center

1555- B West Palmetto St.
Florence, SC 29501

 

Blood donation hours:
Tuesday: 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

Platelet donation hours:
Sunday: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday: noon-6 p.m.
Tuesday: noon-6 p.m.

Thursday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Sumter Donation Center

1155 N Guignard Dr.

Sumter, SC 29150

 

Blood donation hours:

Monday: noon-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: noon-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Thursday: noon-6:30 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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.