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Blood donors are the cool kids

Blood donors are the cool kids

Remember when donating blood used to be cool?

It still is…we’ve heard all the cool kids (older than 16) are doing it. To all the parents who made it through the summer, high five! You did it! Now it’s that time of year when your little ones go back to school, which means you may have a tad more time on your hands. Let’s put that time to good use!

Don’t miss The Blood Connection’s Back to School Promotion at our donation centers all over the Carolinas. For South Carolina folks, we’re helping you take advantage of the tax free weekend (Aug 2-Aug 5).

TBC wants to help pay for those last minute school supplies!
Donate blood
August 2-August 4 at any TBC Donation Center and receive a $20 Walmart gift card or contribute that amount to the United Way School Tools Fund!

Local blood donations are especially important during the summer where TBC typically sees a dip in donor turnout. During this time, our donors tend to be very busy finishing out the summer 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!

Centers are open M-F 7-7pm and on the weekends 7-5pm. Blood donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent. Donors must bring a valid photo ID. 

Click the button below to find a donation center near you.

Donate Mate: Give Back at Outback

Donate Mate: Give Back at Outback

There’s never been a better time to stop by your local Outback Steakhouse! And The Blood Connection is giving you an easy way to eat for FREE.

For the entire month of August, TBC and Outback Steakhouse are working together to spread the word about blood donation. Partnerships like this are essential to the community’s blood supply. Outback Steakhouse’s enthusiasm to partner with TBC has helped the blood center reach new donors and save more lives!

The Outback Give Back Promotion runs every Thursday this August. Donors who give blood at any TBC center on any Thursday will receive a 400 TBC Reward Points (redeemable for an Outback gift card) and a free Bloomin’ Onion® coupon.

On August 27th, 19 Outback Steakhouse locations will host a blood mobile for a collective blood drive at the same time, 4-8 PM. Blood donors will receive a $10 Outback gift card and a free Bloomin’ Onion® coupon. After donating, they can walk right in and enjoy a free dinner at Outback, a thank you for saving lives!

Find a Center Near You

Every Thursday this August

Center Hours

Thur-Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat: 7am-5pm

South Carolina Centers

Anderson Mall

Thur-Fri: 2-7pm
Sat: 12-5pm

North Carolina Centers

Find a Mobile Blood Drive

August 27 at Outback Steakhouse Locations | 4-8pm

Click on the Location Name to make an appointment.

South Carolina

Columbia
252 F. Harbison Blvd.
Columbia
7611 Two Notch Rd.
Easley
125 Southern Center Way
Florence
110 Dunbarton Dr.
Gaffney
945 Factory Shops Blvd.
Greenwood
454 Bypass 72 NW
Mt. Pleasant
715 Johnnie Dobbs Blvd.
Myrtle Beach
4650 Factory Stores Blvd.
Spartanburg
1646 J.B White Sr Blvd.
 

North Carolina

Asheville
30 Tunnel Rd.
Cary
901 Walnut St.
Durham
3500 Mount Moriah Rd.
Garner
845 US Hwy. 70 W.
Greenville
606 Greenville Blvd. SW
Hendersonville
250 Mitchelle Dr.
Jacksonville
1045 Western Blvd.
New Bern
111 Howell Rd.
Raleigh
7500 Creedmoor Rd.
Smithfield
911 Outlet Center Dr.
 

Rock and Roll Up Your Sleeve

Rock ‘n Roll Up Your Sleeve

Donating blood ROCKS! The Blood Connection has partnered with Entercom radio stations 93.3 Planet Rocks, Classic Rock 101.1, and Outback Steakhouse for our Rock ‘n Roll promotion!

Come rock out with us July 16-18 only available in our Upstate and Western N. Carolina centers and select mobile locations!

All blood donors will receive a Rock ‘n Roll t-shirt, a $10 Outback Steakhouse or Walmart gift card, and Free Bloomin’ Onion® Voucher!* Donors can give at any center starting on Thursday, July 16th through Saturday, July 18th. Select Upstate South Carolina and Outback Steakhouse locations will be holding blood drives on Friday, July 17th. 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!

*T-Shirts available while supplies last. Gift Card will vary upon location and availability.

Gift Cards & Appetizer Voucher provided by

Find a Center Near You

Thur, July 16 – Sat, July 18

Center Hours

Thur-Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat: 7am-5pm

South Carolina Centers

Anderson Mall

Thur-Fri: 2-7pm
Sat: 12-5pm

North Carolina Centers

Find a Mobile Blood Drive

Click on the Location Name to make an appointment.

Friday, July 17

 
2-7pm
Walmart Boiling Springs
4000 Highway 9
Walmart Laurens
917 East Main St.
Walmart Simpsonville
3950 Grandview Dr.
 
4-8pm
Outback Gaffney
945 Factory Shops Blvd
Outback Greenwood
454 Bypass 72 NW
Outback Hendersonville
250 Mitchelle Drive
 

Saturday, July 18

 

9am-2pm
Devenger Place Community
302 Paddock Drive, Greer, SC
 
10am-2:30pm
Lake Keowee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
10815 Clemson Blvd. Seneca, SC
 
10am-3pm
Harley Davidson Anderson
4110 Clemson Blvd.
 

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.

 

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):

Asheville

Ultimate Ice Cream

Spartanburg

Hub City Scoops

Greenville

Luna Rosa

Seneca

N the Midst Ice Cream

Greenwood

Bruster’s

Easley

Good Karma Ice Cream

Raleigh

Fresh

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 of 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.

QUICK FACTS
-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, Saturday, and Sunday, platelets donors will receive DOUBLE TBC Reward Points through October 31! For other platelet promotions, check our Facebook page.

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.