The American Red Cross and Bebo’s Car Wash are teaming up Aug. 1-3 to help save lives. Bebo’s Car Wash has partnered with the Red Cross for 28 years to help those depending on blood.
This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a critical summer blood shortage. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and eligible donors are urged to give now. As a special thank you, those who come to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*
“We appreciate Bebo’s Car Wash for bringing the community together to help patients fighting cancer, sickle cell disease and other health conditions,” said Mario Sedlock, director of donor recruitment for the Red Cross Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross relies on the generosity of blood drive sponsors and volunteers and we thank everyone who supports our lifesaving mission.”
All presenting donors will receive a commemorative T-shirt, Chick-fil-A entrée voucher and free car wash coupon, while supplies last.
Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Bebo’s Car Wash Blood Drive
Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Foley Civic Center, 407 East Laurel Ave., Foley
Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
City of Daphne Council Chambers, 1705 Main St., Daphne
Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pleasure Island Gulf Shores, 260 Clubhouse Drive, Gulf Shores
Thursday, Aug. 3 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Bel Air Mall, 3150 Bel Air Mall, Mobile
How to help
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code BEBOS or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
* Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at redcrossblood.org/summer. The Bullseye Design, Target and Target GiftCard are registered trademarks of Target Brands, Inc. Terms and conditions are applied to gift cards. Target is not a participating partner in or sponsor of this offer.
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross is to become a volunteer transportation specialist and deliver lifesaving blood products to local area hospitals. Volunteer transportation specialists play a very important role in ensuring an ample blood supply for patients in need by transporting blood and blood products. For more information and to apply for a volunteer transportation specialist position, contact Kevin Boyd, transportation specialist coordinator, 205-994-7301 or visit rdcrss.org/driver.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.