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Gift cards offered to Black Friday blood donors

November 24, 2008

A $5 gift card awaits blood donors who give a pint on "Black Friday" at the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross headquarters at 1131 Conrad Court.

The hours of the drive are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood and platelet donors at all Greater Alleghenies Region blood drives Nov. 28 will receive the gift card, while supplies last, for use toward holiday purchases.

The gift card is in addition to the Thanks for Givin' Paula Deen apron and recipe cards available at Hagerstown and other Red Cross blood drives.

Jim Starr, CEO of the Greater Alleghenies Region, said that while all blood donors are important to patients in need, those who take a break from holiday shopping and activities to donate blood the day after Thanksgiving are vital to help ensure the blood supply is not interrupted.

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"Strong Black Friday donations are essential, since we do not hold blood drives on Thanksgiving and hold relatively few blood drives on weekends," Starr said. "Yet patient demand continues, and increased holiday travel increases the potential for accidents and emergency blood transfusions."

For more information, call 301-739-0717.

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