Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve

Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve

Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve

We hate to be cheesy here but…donating ROCKS! The Blood Connection has partnered with Entercom radio stations 93.3 Planet Rocks, Classic Rock 101.1, and Outback Steakhouse for our Rock and Roll promotion!

Come rock out with us July 18-20 only available in our Upstate and Asheville centers and select mobile locations!

All blood donors will receive a Rock and Roll t-shirt, Outback Steakhouse gift card, and Free Bloomin’ Onion Voucher! Donors can give at any center starting on Thursday, July 18th through Saturday, July 20th. Select Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina Outback Steakhouse locations will be holding blood drives on Friday, July 19th. Please see the list of locations below for a location near you!


Local blood donations are especially important during this critical time of the summer where TBC typically sees a dip in donor turnout. During this week, our donors are usually on vacation, visiting family, or chilling by the pool, and we understand that blood donation may not be at the front of everyone’s mind. But the demand for blood never stops. That’s why our blood donors are essential to saving lives this week. Be the difference for someone in your community!



July 18-20:

Open 7-7 Thu-Fri, 7-5 Sat

Greenville Center          435 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC 29607

Greenwood Center       341 Old Abbeville Highway, Greenwood, SC 29649

Easley Center                5116 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640

Seneca Center              1308 Sandifer Boulevard, Seneca, SC 29678

Spartanburg Center      270 North Grove Medical Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303

Asheville Center           225 Airport Road, Arden, NC 28704


Friday, July 19:

All drives: 11:00-2:00pm, 3:30-7:00pm

Outback Greenwood           454 Bypass 72 NW, Greenwood SC

Outback Gaffney                  945 Factory Shops Blvd, Gaffney SC

Outback Anderson               110 Interstate Blvd, Anderson SC

Outback Spartanburg           1646 JB White SR Blvd, Spartanburg SC

Outback Easley                    125 Southern Center Way, Easley SC

Outback Greenville              21 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville SC

Outback Hendorsonville      250 Mitchell Drive, Hendersonville NC

Outback Asheville                30 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC


Saturday, July 20:

Harley Davidson                  4110 Clemson Blvd, Anderson SC                       11:00am – 4:00pm

Harley Davidson                   30 Chrome Drive, Greenville SC                          2:00pm – 7:00pm

Anderson Mall                      3131 N Main Street, Anderson SC                       12:00pm – 5:00pm

Walmart Boiling Springs      4000 Highway 9, Boiling Springs SC                     2:00pm – 7:00pm

Walmart Laurens                  917 East Main St., Laurens SC                             2:00pm – 7:00pm

Walmart Simpsonville           3950 Grandview Dr., Simpsonville SC                 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Walmart TR                           9 Benton Road, Travelers Rest SC                      2:00pm – 7:00pm

Celebrate Freedom Week

Celebrate Freedom Week

Give your Neighbor Life and Liberty

While some will be celebrating the July 4 holiday with fireworks and barbecues, local hospital patients in need of blood transfusions won’t have the same freedom.


Celebrate Independence Day with TBC
June 30th-July 6 by donating blood at any center or mobile location.

We call it Freedom Week! All donors will receive a Freedom Week t-shirt and 2 movie tickets!

*shirts are while supplies last

Local blood donations are especially important during this critical time of the summer where TBC typically sees a dip in donor turnout. During this week, our donors are usually on vacation, visiting family, or chilling by the pool, and we understand that blood donation may not be at the front of everyone’s mind. But the demand for blood never stops. That’s why our blood donors are essential to saving lives this holiday week. Be the difference for someone in your community!

Click here to find a donation center near you. Take note – on July 4, our centers will be closing at 3 PM. Search by zip code to find a nearby mobile drive from June 30-July 6 by clicking on the button below.


Retired U.S. Navy Man Donates 400+ Times

Retired U.S. Navy Man Donates 400+ Times

A Lifetime of Service 

86-year-old Harvey Spencer has spent his entire life serving his community. His service started when he joined the Navy in the 1950s for the Korean War. During a tumultuous time in U.S. history, Spencer stepped up. And he’s continued to do so. Now retired from the Navy, he’s donated blood more than 400 times, saving lives in a different way.
Among the many things that Spencer learned after joining the Navy is the importance of donating blood. Because of the war, there was an urgent need for blood. When asked to give, he did. After traveling the world with the Navy for many years, he retired about 20 years ago, when he began donating blood locally.
Noticing that he was a frequent donor, a long-time TBC employee asked Spencer to donate platelets. In true Spencer fashion, he said yes, wanting to do anything to help. A local girl in need of platelets also motivated him to learn more about platelet donation.
The rest…is history. Spencer now donates platelets twice a month at the Seneca Donation Center. He says he loves the fellowship and the staff who take good care of him; a true compliment from someone who knows the deep impact of true camaraderie.
The vivid images of his fellow military members at war remind Spencer of the importance of donating. He has this simple, Nike-esque quote for anyone who hasn’t donated before.

“Just do it.”

To Spencer, it’s that easy. You too could be a loyal donor like Spencer. Whatever your reason, local hospital patients need your donation. TBC is thankful that Spencer chose TBC to be the place where he continues his community service. With more than 400 donations, he’s saved hundreds of lives. Thank you Harvey Spencer, a hero inside and out!

32nd Annual Operation Blood Drive

32nd Annual Operation Blood Drive

All Hands on Deck–It’s Operation Blood Drive

It’s back for the 32nd time! The Blood Connection is partnering with WLOS ABC 13 in Asheville for Operation Blood Drive on June 27th, a day where we call on the community to step up and donate blood together. It’s a simple and easy way to give a life-saving gift to a neighbor. Bring a friend and save even more lives!

This year, there are SIX locations, including the WLOS TV station! Every blood donor will receive an OBD t-shirt and $20 gift card.

DYK: TBC supplies blood to almost every Western North Carolina hospital. That means when you donate with TBC, you’re helping save lives in YOUR community. To learn more about which hospitals we serve, visit our areas of service page.

Mark your calendars and join TBC and WLOS on June 27th! Click on any location below to make an appointment.

7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WLOS Station

110 Technology Drive

Asheville NC 28803

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church

1245 6th Ave West  

Hendersonville NC 28791

12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Belk at Asheville Mall

3 South Tunnel Road

Asheville NC 28805

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Blood Connection Donation Center

225 Airport Road

Arden, NC 28704 

7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mission Hospital Memorial Campus

509 Biltmore Ave

Asheville NC 28801

2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fields Auto Group

225 Smokey Park Hwy

Asheville, NC 28806

Thank you for saving lives in the Western North Carolina community!

*Appointments are recommended. While supplies last. Blood donors must be 16 years old with parental consent, or 17 years old or older to donate. All donors must bring a photo ID.

Sundae for Sunday

Sundae for Sunday

We all scream for ice cream!

TBC is putting a sweet spin on Sundays this Summer (wow, say that 5 times fast) with our Sundae for Sunday promotion! On every Sunday June-August, all blood donors will enjoy a $20 gift card to a local ice cream shop! You’re welcome…

This promotion is only available at our 7 TBC Donation Centers. On Sundays we’re open from 7am to 5pm. Just donate blood (includes plasma and platelets) and you’ve got your ticket to a local sweet treat! 

Participating Ice Cream Shops (not subject to change):


Ultimate Ice Cream


Hub City Scoops


Luna Rosa


N the Midst Ice Cream




Good Karma Ice Cream



Donors will receive 2 $10 gift cards to be used at the locations listed above depending on the center locations, while supplies last. All donors must bring a valid photo ID and be 16 years old with parental consent, 17 years old without. Click the button below to make an appointment (recommended but not necessary). To find the nearest center, click here.

Points for Platelets

Points for Platelets

So what’s the deal with platelets?

Platelets are small fragments in our blood that help stop bleeding. Platelets may be tiny, but they’re POWERFUL. They’re little life-savers for the many brave people who are battling cancer. Chances are, someone you know came to mind. Cancer treatments can reduce the number platelets in patients’ blood. A low platelet count is not a good thing. That’s where our loyal donors come in! Thanks to platelet donations, patients are able to get back the platelets their bodies need to get better. While platelets are primarily used to help cancer patients, others benefit from them too, like people with rare blood diseases or transplant patients.

-Small cell fragments in the blood that help stop or prevent bleeding
-Made in our bone marrow
-Shelf life is only 5 days
-Used most commonly for surgeries, transplants, and cancer treatments

Now to the good news! You can donate platelets every seven days! So you can be a superhero every week! AND we’re rewarding your selfless act with TBC Rewards Points! Keep in mind, donating platelets takes a little longer than a whole blood donation and can only be done in a center. Through one needle stick and a super fancy machine, your blood is taken and the platelets are filtered out. The rest of your blood components are then given back to you through the same needle. It takes about an hour and a half. Feel free to enjoy your favorite TV shows and snacks on us!

Every Tuesday, platelets donors will receive 1,000 TBC Reward Points through July 9! For other platelet promotions, check our Facebook page.

At our Raleigh Center, platelet donors receive 1,000 BONUS Reward Points every Saturday and Sunday! 

Donations can only be made at a TBC Center. Please call your local center with any questions or to make an appointment. Appointments are recommended.

MORE INFO: Click here for a little more explanation about what donation type is best for your blood type.

 To our loyal platelet donors, THANK YOU! Because of you, people in our community are living better, healthier lives.