Give something that means something this holiday season—The Gift of Life. Charlotte-area blood donors can give this precious gift and at the same time, honor aConcordteen who battled so bravely for his life. Charlotte Motor Speedway is sponsoring a blood drive in memory of Matthew Edenburn, a former speedway employee and volunteer firefighter/EMT.

American Red Cross Blood Drive-In Memory of Matthew Edenburn

Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“If remembering my son—especially at this time of year when donations are usually down—will remind people to come in and donate—that would be all the better,” said Matthew’s mother Lynn Edenburn.  “Our family can never forget how blood helped Matthew, so we ask the community to please donate, because they never know when it’s going to be their loved who needs it.”

All presenting donors will be entered to win a $1,000 American Express gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or a post-holiday getaway.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, please call Donna Peacock at 704-455-4327 or visit redcrossblood.org. 

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.  Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given safely every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.