Charlotte, NC – After a summer of decreased donor turnout, the American Red Cross is experiencing a national blood shortage. To make sure we can provide hospitals the blood they need this fall, we’re counting on the generosity of the public to help us recover from a 30,000 blood and platelet donation shortfall in August.

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Idalia forced dozens of blood drive cancellations, compounding the shortage. Right now, the Red Cross is distributing blood products to hospitals faster than blood donations are coming in and we’ve had to reduce distributions of some of the most needed blood products in recent weeks. We need people to make blood donation appointments now to ensure patients receive the care they need.

Race to give blood this September

You don’t have to be race car driver Denny Hamlin to help keep patient care on track! The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to ask you to race in to give blood, platelets or plasma and your next stop could be the racetrack! Schedule your next donation today.

Make a pit stop to give at a Red Cross blood drive or donation center in September and we’ll say thanks with a coupon for a free haircut by email, thanks to Sport Clips.^^ PLUS, get automatic entry for a chance to win a trip for two and VIP experience to the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Races at Darlington Raceway! *Trip includes round-trip airfare for two to South Carolina, up to a three-night hotel stay, entry to the Sport Clips racetrack hospitality tent, plus a $1,000 gift card for expenses.

BONUS OFFER: Take a lap to show off your new look! When you come to give Sept. 1-18, you’ll also receive a unique Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last! *Terms and conditions apply.

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