Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 3, 2011

Blood drive offers beefed-up incentives

Roadhouse will grill for donors; other food rewards planned

ASHLAND — With the extreme summer heat, the need for blood has gone from “mildly critical to just highly critical” according to American Red Cross Boyd County Chapter Executive Director Vicki James. She said the Kentucky Beef Council and Texas Roadhouse have teamed to reward those willing to do their part.

“We are in desperate, desperate need for blood right now,” James said Tuesday as she rallied support for a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Ashland’s Central Fire Station. “With the heat the way it has been we went from mildly critical to just highly critical inventory.”

In addition to helping restock local blood inventories, donors will be catered to by staffers of Ashland’s Texas Roadhouse who will grill tasty rewards. Donors will also have a chance to receve rewards from the beef council or Roadhouse.

“We’re offering a beefy incentive for presenting donors at our Central Fire Station drive on Friday. Come in and donate and you will be entered into a drawing for $200 worth of beef or two free dinners at Texas Roadhouse,” James said. “Texas Roadhouse will also be grilling beef for our canteen.”

The fire station is at 11th Street and Carter Avenue. Other blood drives scheduled for this month are 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at Oakland Avenue Baptist Church in Catlettsburg, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the KDMC Office Park Building in Ashland and 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Kyova Mall in Cannonsburg.

For more information about local blood drives and other American Red Cross efforts, email boydarc@windstream.net or call (606) 325-1626.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.

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