Red Cross Bloodmobile here August 27
Red Cross, 3M, Roush Fenway Racing partnering to boost blood donations The American Red Cross is teaming up with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing to launch Red Cross Racing, a campaign to engage NASCAR fans as blood donors and to raise awareness about the ongoing need for blood. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood and the need is especially great during the summer months. Race to your local blood drive: August 27th-Community Center located at South Main Street in Byrdstown. Drive hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Race into the blood drive and receive a NASCAR lanyard. The No.16 Ford Fusion car will feature a full Red Cross paint scheme at the Phoenix race, at the end of the racing season. Driver Greg Biffle, a Red Cross blood donor and member of the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet, will also wear Red Cross fire suit at the races during the 2008 racing season. â€śIâ€™m proud to be an American Red Cross blood donor,â€ť said Greg Bifflee, driver of the No. 16 Roush Ford. â€śI give blood because itâ€™s easy to do and helps support our community. I hope NASCAR fans across the country will join me this racing season to help save lives, one drive at a time.â€ť The Red Cross is also launching a new Web site, www.redcrossracing.com, where race fans can sign up and earn points every time they participate in a blood drive. Points are redeemable for Red Cross Racing branded items including caps, t-shirts, leather racing jackets and limited edition die-cast cars. All online participants will also be eligible to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Speed-way on Nov. 9, 2008. The prize package includes airfare, hotel and two race tickets. â€śWe hope NASCAR fans will follow Greg Biffleâ€™s lead and support the Red Cross by donating blood,â€ť said Steve Beelerd, CEO of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Region. â€śRed Cross Racingâ€ť is a great opportunity for fans to become frequent donors.â€ť If you are at least 17 years of age*, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to be present positive identification. For more information or to schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIVE (1-800-448-3543). *Effective July 1, Tennessee law allows 16-year-olds to donate blood or platelets with written parental consent A parent or guardian must accompany the 16-year-old to the blood drive or blood donor center to fill out the necessary paperwork. Donors save lives, and teenagers should be aware of how they can help.