Paula Deen and Her Sons Invite Y'all to Give Blood on June 24 at The Lady & Sons

June 15, 2011

Every day hundreds of people line up at Paula Deen’s Savannah restaurant, The Lady & Sons, to enjoy melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken from The Lady’s Southern Buffet, savor Paula’s famous chicken pot pie, or catch a glimpse of Paula and her sons, Jamie and Bobby.  On June 24, folks will be lining up for another reason – to do something extraordinary by giving blood.

Paula Deen and her sons, Jamie and Bobby, will host an American Red Cross blood drive at The Lady & Sons restaurant on Friday, June 24, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Presenting blood donors will receive a limited edition apron, autographed by Paula Deen; a free buffet meal to The Lady & Sons restaurant (valid June 24-26 during lunch, dinner or Sunday buffet); and The Lady & Sons signature Gooey Butter Cakes in the canteen.  The blood drive aims to collect 100 units of blood. 

Those interested in donating blood at The Lady & Sons blood drive are asked to click HERE to schedule an appointment.

“We are very grateful that Paula Deen and her sons are helping the Red Cross raise awareness of the constant need for blood,” states Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, Southern Blood Services Region.  “Summer is one of the most difficult times for blood collection, and we often see shortages during this time of year.  Even as we plan our summer vacations, patients across the state rely on the availability of blood for transfusions, and as a community, we need to be able to meet those needs.” 

The Deen family has been a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross and giving blood.  Jamie Deen first started donating blood in 1985 and has made an effort to donate every year since.  He invites eligible donors to join him and his family in supporting their community by giving blood at the Red Cross blood drive on June 24.

“By donating an hour of your time, you can really make an impact. It's such an easy way to make a really big difference in our community and other's,” says Jamie.  “With the recent terrible events that have taken place in our country, it's now more important than ever for us to come together and lend a helping hand to our neighbors, and this is great way to start.”

Approximately 1,200 blood donations are needed daily in the Southern Blood Services Region to maintain an adequate supply for more than 120 local hospitals.  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, click HERE or call 1-800-RED CROSS.