Darlington, S.C., March 24, 2014 — The American Red Cross and Darlington Raceway are teaming up to give racing enthusiasts the opportunity to give the gift of life and experience the thrill of NASCAR with a three-day blood drive at the following locations.
• Wednesday, April 9, from 2:00-7:30 p.m.: Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival at Florence Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza, in Florence
• Friday, April 11, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Darlington Raceway (blood mobile will be in the front stretch in the display area near gate 16), 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy., in Darlington
• Saturday, April 12, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Darlington Raceway (blood mobile will be in the front stretch in the display area near gate 16), 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy., in Darlington
All presenting donors will receive a free pre-race pit pass for this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday, April 12, at Darlington Raceway (must have race ticket in order to use pit pass).
Appointments are encouraged and can be made in advance by visiting redcross.org and entering sponsor code “darlingtonraceway” or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Darlington Raceway in an effort help save lives,” stated Ryan Corcoran, South Carolina Region Community Chief Executive Officer. “Every pint of blood collected is a chance to help three patients in need.”
Since 2005, 1,741 pints of blood have been collected at Darlington Raceway blood drives, potentially helping 5,223 patients in need.
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.
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.
About Darlington Raceway: Darlington Raceway, the track Too Tough To Tame as it is known to many, is where the purest of NASCAR competition meets true southern hospitality. A NASCAR staple since 1950, Darlington Raceway has seen some of motorsports most talented drivers thunder to Gatorade Victory Lane. You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/TooToughToTame.