June 29th, 2022 – 12:05 PM
Blood Assurance –
From July 1-8, the nonprofit organization is rewarding each donor who gives at its Rome donation center
(178 Shorter Ave.) two complimentary tickets to the Aug. 5 Rome Braves game against the Greenville
Drive (while supplies last). Additionally, donors will receive a baseball-themed t-shirt.
Moreover, in a rematch of last year’s World Series, one lucky donor who gives between July 1-15 at any
Blood Assurance donation center or blood drive will win two tickets to the Aug. 20 Atlanta Braves game
at Truist Park versus the Houston Astros. The prize package also includes accommodations at an Atlanta
hotel. Donors must register to win by visiting www.bloodassurance.org/homerun.
The initiative comes during a challenging time for blood banks across the country.
“With schools being out and summer travel, giving blood is not at the forefront of many people’s
minds,” according to Christopher Swafford, chief operating officer for Blood Assurance. “When you add
Independence Day into the mix, that can create major problems if our shelves aren’t stocked.”
According to the Pew Research Center, on average, nearly 91,000 people visit U.S. hospital emergency
rooms for injuries on July 4 and 5, making it the busiest days of the year for hospitals.
“If you have the time, please consider donating,” said Swafford. “There’s no easier way to be someone’s
Donors can visit www.bloodassurance.org/schedule, call 800-962-0628, or text BAGIVE to 999777, to
schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted.
To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent),
weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids — avoiding
caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron prior to donating.