Autobell coupons given at blood drive

Aug 26, 2013

From Monday, August 26 - Saturday, Aug. 31, Autobell Car Wash will sponsor a blood drive at the Asheville Blood Donation Center (100 Edgewood Road) of the American Red Cross here.

Autobell will provide each presenting donor a coupon for a free full service car wash redeemable at any Autobell location, including the company's western North Carolina stores in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Waynesville.

Walk-in donors are welcome; to schedule a donation appointment, donors should contact Pam Irby of the American Red Cross of Western North Carolina at 828-258-3888, ext. 314; or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross serves more than 100 hospitals and medical centers, distributing approximately 1,500+ blood products each day to assist in the care of patients. For more information about the American Red Cross here, visit

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The Red Cross asks all eligible blood and platelet donors to join its Summer of Stories campaign, which kicked off May 23 and runs through September 9. Through Summer of Stories, the organization hopes to encourage at least two more donors to give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available at a moment’s notice.

Historically, during the summer months of June, July, and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. But this seasonal challenge can be overcome two generous donors at a time, at every blood drive, every day.