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Red Cross encourages donors to "Give blood & see America!"

ATLANTA - Ever dream of traveling cross-country, but couldn't fit it in your budget? Present to donate with the American Red Cross this summer, and you could go far! The Red Cross is asking donors to "Give Blood & See America!" by donating blood or platelets.

The campaign, which runs from July 1 to September 30, 2010, gives each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross an opportunity to enter a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gas card.

 During the busy summer season, blood donations often decline due to vacation and summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. While all blood types are welcome, there is a constant need for type O negative blood. Type O negative blood can be safely transfused to patients of all blood types. In trauma situations where there is no time to cross match blood, type O negative is used.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

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, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit

Help save lives this July 4th weekend by giving blood at the Independence Day weekend blood drive near you:


Atlanta: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Northlake Mall, 1000 Northlake Mall

Buford: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Mall of Georgia Buford, 3333 Buford Drive

Centerville: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Belk Matthews Galleria Mall, 2950 Watson Boulevard (Sponsored by 13WMAZ)

Fairburn: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Fairburn United Methodist Church, 5 Washington Street

Kennesaw: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Town Center at Cobb Mall, 400 Barrett Parkway

Macon: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Bass Pro Shops Macon, 5000 Bass Pro Blvd (Sponsored by 13WMAZ)

Port Wentworth: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, Rice Creek Apartments, 9001 Georgia Highway

Statesboro: 2:00 PM-7:00 PM, Mill Creek Park - Firecracker Festival, 1388 Highway 24 East



Atlanta: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Northlake Mall, 1000 Northlake Mall

Buford: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Mall of Georgia Buford, 3333 Buford Drive

Kennesaw: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Town Center at Cobb Mall, 400 Barrett Parkway

Valdosta: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM, Spirit of America Celebration, Norman Dr. & River St.



Alma: 2:00 PM-7:00 PM, First Baptist Church Alma, 201 North Church Street

Austell: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, WellStar Cobb Hospital, 3950 Austell Road

Byromville: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Byromville Baptist Church, West Hwy 90

Douglasville: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM, Arbor Place Douglasville, 6700 Douglas Blvd

Jonesboro: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Bruster's-Jonesboro, 7181 Mount Zion Blvd

Loganville: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Kroger 443 Loganville, 910 Athens Hwy

Powder Springs: 2:30 PM-7:30 PM, American Legion Post 294, 3282 Florence Road

Statesboro: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM, East Georgia Regional Medical Center, 1497 Fair Road, Suite 307

Waycross: 2:00 PM-7:00 PM, Memorial Stadium, 715 Dewey Street

Woodstock: 1:00 PM-6:00 PM, Publix at Trickum, 12165 Highway 92


There are also 14 blood donation centers throughout Georgia.  To find the location near you, please go to




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