Naples: 311 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 108 Naples, Florida 34102 * Phone: (239) 624-4120 Fax: (239) 624-4121
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2014
Contact: Laura Rosen Community Relations Manager, 734-0740
Get on the ball & give blood at the Tailgate for Life 2-day Blood drive
August 20 & 21, 2014, Naples, FL: It’s the end of summer, the Labor Day weekend is on the way, and the need for blood in Southwest Florida is bigger than ever. Community Blood Center invites everyone age 16 years of age and older to get on the ball and give blood at the annual Tailgate For Life 2-Day Blood Drive from 8:30 am – 6 pm on Wednesday & Thursday, August 20 & 21 at the Bed Bath & Beyond Plaza located on the NW corner of Airport & Pine Ridge Roads in Naples. Successful blood donors will receive a movie ticket and other specialty gifts. Event participants will have the opportunity to win a grand prize of an ultimate tailgater party package-which includes portable grills and all of the things you need to have a great tailgate party! Other prize drawings include a 4 pack of Everblades Hockey tickets and the following gift cards: $50 Bass Pro Shops, $20 Bed Bath & Beyond, $25 Skillets Restaurant. People can also win one of six Pure Naples gift cards redeemable for a “Thrill Ride for 2 on the Odin Jet Boat.” Donors are reminded about the Frequent Donor Contest that runs now through Oct. 31, 2014. Visit www.givebloodcbc.org to find details on how donors can qualify to win a big screen TV courtesy of Executive Electronics or a 2-Night stay at Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa!
Donors can give blood every 56 days, and they must weigh at least 110 pounds. While there is no upper age limit to give blood, blood donors must be at least 16 years old, with parent consent. Most medications will NOT prevent donors from giving blood including: aspirin, blood pressure, cholesterol and thyroid medications, insulin pills or injections, birth control, hormone replacement or antidepressants. Cancer survivors may be eligible to give blood, but certain restrictions apply. Blood becomes perishable after 42 days, but is regularly transfused to patients within just a few days of collection. Visit www.givebloodcbc.org or call 239-624-4120 for more information.