Have you ever said, “Gosh, what do I have to give to get club level tickets to see a Panthers home game? Blood?”
Yes, blood. You can now give blood to support your local community and automatically enter to win prime tickets to a Panthers home game.
If you donate blood or platelets at one of The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ mobile drives or donation centers before Sept. 10, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of three pairs of club level tickets to the Carolina Panthers season opener on September 18 at Bank of America Stadium.
Your donation — which would place you among an esteemed group of CBCC donors — means you support the Cardiac Cats while helping a potential cardiac patient receive the blood transfusion they need.
This is not the first time supporting local patients and supporting the Carolina Panthers has gone together. The CBCC has been partnering with the Keep Pounding Foundation since 2008 for an annual blood drive. Back in 2015, after the Keep Pounding Blood Drive at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, the Panthers’ director of community relations, Riley Fields, praised the partnership of the Panthers and CBCC.
“The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas serves an essential role in helping fill the critical need for life-saving blood by local patients, such as those at Levine Children’s Hospital. The team is proud to support this important effort,” said Fields at the time. “Panthers fans have a strong history of supporting the team’s community outreach efforts, and this is a wonderful opportunity for fans to help give the gift of life.”
If you’ve never given blood before or if it’s been a long time, The CBCC — which was founded in 2001 — says this is an especially critical time. Like many similar organizations around the country, this local nonprofit is faced with decreased blood donations. This has happened for a couple of reasons:
- Summer is a tough time for blood donations since school is out, meaning there are less students giving blood. Almost 25% of CBCC’s collections come from both high schoolers and college students.
- The Zika virus, which has been associated with severe birth defects in infants called microcephaly, has led to increased blood donation deferrals. People who have been in or even briefly stopped in Miami-Dade County, Florida and Palm Beach County, Florida, which are currently under a travel advisory due to local Zika transmissions in the area, within 28 days are ineligible to give blood.
- The requirements for male blood donors have recently changed. For example, men now must have a hemoglobin level of at least 13 to be eligible to donate blood.
CBCC is a primary blood supplier to many of the region’s hospitals, so when you donate to CBCC, your donation stays in the community. The organization also serves hospitals and patients in more than 20 North Carolina and South Carolina counties. There are five donation centers, including one in Charlotte on South Boulevard, and there are blood drives throughout the area seven days a week.
For more information and to find a blood donation location, visit http://www.cbcc.us/.