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

South Carolina Blood Services Region

May 4, 2012
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2012

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

 

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

Presenting Donors to Receive Pre-Race Pit Pass

 

Florence, S.C.— 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 10-12 at the following locations.

 

  • May 10 from 3:00-8:00 p.m.: Darlington Car Hauler Parade at Florence Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza in Florence
  • May 11 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Darlington Raceway (in display area), 1301 Harry Byrd Highway in Darlington
  • May 12 from 10:00 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 (must have race ticket in order to use pit pass) for this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 May 12 at Darlington Raceway.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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