Gold Star Chili
is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by partnering with Hoxworth Blood Center
for the sixth annual summer blood drive tour, which will stop at 23 locations
throughout the month of August.
The summer months have a critical need for blood donations due to a decrease in donors and a higher blood usage from accidents and traumas, says Alecia Lipton, community relations manager at Hoxworth.
The donation process itself takes less than an hour. Approximately 45 minutes pass between the minute a donor checks in and fills out paperwork to the physical blood donation and a light snack afterward.
Participants will need meet certain criteria
in order to be eligible to donate. All donors will receive a gift card for two free cheese coneys at any Gold Star location and a limited edition T-shirt.
Blood donation can save up to three lives. Donations are sent to 32 hospitals in the Tristate area, where they're given to patients with a variety of medical needs.
“At end of the day, not many people can say that they saved a life,” Lipton says.
• Become a donor. Make an appointment
at any of the locations on the tour.
• “Like” Hoxworth Blood Center
on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events.
• If you can’t donate blood, donate your time
. Hoxworth is always looking for volunteers.