MOULTRIE — A three-month giveaway promotion will give blood donors the chance to “Give Blood and Go.”

During the “Give Blood and Go!” campaign, which runs from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, each person who presents to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross will have an opportunity to win one of three pairs of roundtrip Delta Air Lines domestic tickets.

Colquitt Countians can get in on the raffle Thursday. The Colquitt County Community Blood Drive will be 1-6:30 p.m. that day at Colquitt EMC on Rowland Drive.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to a Red Cross press release. The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals. Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet height and weight requirements.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate at a nearby donor center, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (448-3543) or visit redcrossblood.org.

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