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Blood drive scheduled at Pocono Raceway

Published September 07. 2013 09:00AM

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Pocono Raceway will team up with the American Red Cross to host their eighth annual Blood Drive in remembrance of those impacted by the tragic events of 9/11.

As a thank you to those who support this remembrance blood drive, Pocono Raceway is giving all presenting donors the chance to win a "Fantasy Race Package."

The winner will receive four Terrace Club seats and will meet all the NASCAR drivers, on stage, during the opening ceremony of the 2014 400. There will also be other give-a-ways, including race tickets and Sunoco gas cards.

Everyone who attends the event may take a ride around the Pocono Racetrack with their own vehicle for a $10 donation (per lap). All donations benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Fund.

Blood Donors can participate in the "Ride for the Red" event before donating blood. You do not need to donate blood to participate in the "Ride for the Red".

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit and enter sponsor code: POCONO.

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate. Walk-ins are welcome.

Pocono Raceway will also sponsor 20 satellite blood drives across Eastern Pennsylvania on Sept. 12 and 13. To locate a blood drive in your community please visit

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies approximately 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

For more information, visit or on Twitter at @RedCrossNEPA.

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