Autobell Car Wash to sponsor Red Cross blood drive, offer free car washes to donors

Press release

From American Red Cross of Western North Carolina

ASHEVILLE, NC (August 13, 2013) — From Monday, August 26 – Saturday, August 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 www.redcrosswnc.org.

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.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org.

About Autobell Car Wash
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Autobell Car Wash is America’s third largest conveyor car wash company, with 65 locations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The company was founded in 1969 in Charlotte by the late Charles Howard Sr. and remains privately held and operated by the Howard family. The company is well known for its water conservation procedures and has received numerous recognitions from utilities, governments, and media for its environmental commitment; community and employee relations; and its scholarship and charity car wash programs. For more information, visit www.autobell.com.


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