Atlanta Braves Announce Fifth Annual All-American Blood Drive

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    The Atlanta Braves Tuesday announced the fifth annual All-American Blood Drive, in conjunction with the American Red Cross. The blood Drive is co-sponsored by WSB-TV, 680 The Fan and ROCK 100.5. This year it will be held on Monday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Turner Field’s 755 Club with free parking available in the green lot at Turner Field the day of the blood drive.

    All donors will receive:

    A pair of tickets to watch the Braves take on the Miami Marlins on August 10
    A commemorative t-shirt
    A buy one, get one ticket offer to select Braves games
    A chance to win a Braves Family Four Pack, which includes four game tickets and a batting practice field visit, autographed baseball memorabilia, tomahawk or Braves insulated pilsner beer.

    “Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs,” said Jerry J.K. Tillery, CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region. “Patients don’t get a summer holiday or vacation from needing blood, and we need all eligible donors to help us ensure a sufficient blood supply is available.”

    The Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each weekday to meet hospital demands.

    The American Red Cross reminds those thinking about donating, blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (or 16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code BRAVES. For more information about the Atlanta Braves, you may also visit http://www.braves.com.

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