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Whitfield Oil Company teams with Blood Assurance for third annual NASCAR promotion
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It is time for NASCAR enthusiasts to rev up their engines and give blood at area Blood Assurance locations. From Oct. 2 to 21 blood donors can register to win NASCAR tickets to the Bass Pro Shop MBNA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, Oct. 29 courtesy of Whitfield Oil Company and Valvoline.
“This is Shawn Whitfield with Whitfield Oil Company, and we’re excited about another racing blood drive with Blood Assurance,” Whitfield said. “We have teamed up with Valvoline, and Sunoco “Official of NASCAR”, to give a lucky blood donor a chance to see their favorite NASCAR driver to the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.”
The opportunity to save up to three people’s lives takes about 30 to 40 minutes and includes a lifestyle questionnaire, mini-physical and the blood donation. However, the actual whole blood donation only takes about five to seven minutes. A whole blood donation is nearly one pint, or roughly one pound, of red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Humans have approximately 10 to 12 pints of blood in their bodies. The body replenishes the blood fairly quickly therefore, donors are eligible to donate every eight weeks.
“On behalf of Whitfield Oil Company, we are proud to be a part of a program that will save lives of people in our community. We never know when we or someone we know could be in need of something so valuable,” Whitfield said.
Every day Blood Assurance needs at least 375 units to supply life-saving blood products to 37 hospitals and 16 medical facilities throughout 31 counties in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. Some days the regional blood center exceeds this goal and other days it falls short. Help the regional blood center reach its goal by becoming a volunteer blood donor. All donors will receive a free NASCAR T-shirt and can register to win NASCAR tickets. For more information about Blood Assurance, please call (800) 962-0628 or visit www.bloodassurance.org.
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Blood Assurance serves more than 36 hospitals in 31 counties in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia. Over 375 volunteer blood donors are needed every day to supply area hospitals with the life-saving blood products for their patients. For more information contact Blood Assurance at (800) 962-0628, or visit www.bloodassurance.org. It’s About Life!