For the 24th year in a row, Bebo’s Express, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be heating up the summer blood inventory with their annual Bebo’s Blood Drive, under way through Saturday, Aug. 10 in Foley and Mobile. Other sponsors …
For the 24th year in a row, Bebo’s Express, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will be heating up the summer blood inventory with their annual Bebo’s Blood Drive, under way through Saturday, Aug. 10 in Foley and Mobile. Other sponsors include, Blue Bell Ice, WKRG, 95KSJ and Coca-Cola.
Each year, numerous sponsors come together to make the Bebo’s drive the biggest blood drive in the southern half of Alabama. Since the drive’s first year in 1989, over 14,600 units of blood have been collected, providing an annual injection of blood into the American Red Cross inventory during a difficult time for the blood supply.
In order to give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and you must be in general good health. If you are sick and cannot donate, please recruit a friend or family member to give in your place. All donors must have a photo ID or American Red Cross donor card.
If you plan on giving blood, make sure to prepare yourself for the process. Double your fluid intake in the 48 hours leading up to the drive. Make sure to eat a nutritious meal the night before, as well as the day of, the blood drive. Eat iron-rich foods such as lean beef, broccoli, eggs, greens, shrimp or dried beans. Also consume foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the drive.
A variety of door prizes will be awarded during the drive to presenting volunteer donors. Presenting volunteer donors will receive a free commemorative Bebo’s blood drive T-shirt. All presenting volunteer donors will also receive: a Chick-Fil-A coupon, a free Bebo’s Express Car Wash, a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream and a free 20 ounce Coca-Cola product.
For more information, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. To make an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “bebosmobile” for the Mobile site or “bebosfoley” for the Foley site.
Schedule is as follows: