Need An Appointment? Openings Still Available For Darlington Raceway Blood Drive On Sept. 11
DARLINGTON, S.C. (Sept. 7, 2012) – For fans still thinking about donating blood at Darlington Raceway’s Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 11, appointments are still available for the Pee Dee’s largest single-day collection event of the year.
An appointment is encouraged to ensure participation in the 7th annual event by either signing up at www.redcrossblood.org, clicking on the Make an Appointment link and entering the sponsor code: darlingtonraceway or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
Many fans and supporters of Darlington Raceway have already signed up for the event to give back and honor the tragedies and victims of 9-11, but openings are still available throughout the day from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Walk-up donations will still be accepted on the day of the drive.
“We have had a great turnout thus far with advance appointments, but more are always welcome and needed,” Chasity Humphries, Donor Recruitment Rep. for the American Red Cross said. “It’s important to sign up early and guarantee your time during the blood drive and we are encouraging everyone to do so with just a few days remaining before the Sept. 11 event at Darlington Raceway.”
For each donation, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lady in Black, which includes an opportunity to take their vehicle for laps around the Darlington oval, as well as an American Red Cross gift bag. Free food and beverages will be provided for donors, courtesy of Bojangles’.
It’s important to remember that one unit of donated blood can be transfused up to three people. The 2011 event collected 143 units of blood, thus potentially saving the lives of 429 people.
The American Red Cross has a need for blood donations of all types, as donations nationwide have reached their lowest levels in 15 years.
“We can’t say thank you enough to the people that have signed up in advance for the Darlington Raceway Blood Drive and we hope more will do the same over the next few days,” Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning said. “It only takes the generosity of a few people each giving one unit of blood to potentially save hundreds maybe thousands of lives in our area. It truly is a positive way to honor the tragedies of 9-11 in our local community.”
Additionally, Hurricane Isaac has impacted communities throughout the Southeast. It has also affected the American Red Cross Blood Services. Power outages and flooding have forced the cancellation of blood drives and prohibited donors from keeping their appointments. Hurricane Isaac caused a shortfall of blood in the affected areas. Donating a unit of blood at the Darlington Raceway Blood Drive will also assist in those Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.
In addition to disaster-related blood needs, the Red Cross must collect 17,000 units of blood each and every day to meet the needs of patients across the nation. When disaster strikes, this need may be even greater.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 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.