'Drive for Life Blood Drive' collects urgently needed blood donations
Drive For Life Blood Drive collects urgently needed blood
Atlanta Motor Speedway and the American Red Cross teamed up to collected enough blood to save hundreds of lives through the Drive For Life Blood Drive.
When the Speedway's Marcy Scott Media Center opened up to donors at 9 a.m. Wednesday dozens of people arrived within minutes to give life-saving donations.
We're off to a fast start in today's Drive for Life Blood Drive! @RedCrossBloodGA is here collecting life saving blood donations until 7pm - race in to give blood and you can get a free Red Cross t-shirt, a pace car ride (ages 18 and up), and enter a raffle to win cool prizes! pic.twitter.com/aYD6eVJYkY— Atlanta Motor Speedway (@amsupdates) September 11, 2019
"We are extremely encouraged by the support we're seeing from Atlanta Motor Speedway fans that are coming out and donating," said Red Cross District Manager Paul Daniel.
The Red Cross says the need for blood of all types is constant, and the need was greater due to Hurricane Dorian.
"During the Hurricane Dorian storm we lost about a thousand units of blood from cancelled blood drives across the coastal area of the southeast, so a drive like this is an opportunity for people to come out and help us make up some of the shortage that we face from Dorian," Daniel said.
The Drive For Life Blood Drive ultimately collected 116 pints of blood. Each pint has the potential to save up to three lives according to the Red Cross, meaning the donations collected at AMS Wednesday have the potential to save up to 348 lives.