Atlanta Motor Speedway, Red Cross to host blood drive

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Atlanta Motor Speedway and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Monday, April 6. The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Tara Ballroom, located within the AMS Condo Building at 1500 Tara Place in Hampton.

According to a press release, the American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst coronavirus uncertainties.

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“We’re thankful to have a great relationship with the American Red Cross that enables us to help our neighboring communities when it’s needed most,” AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison wrote in a statement. “Rest assured, our friends at the Red Cross will be working to ensure appropriate social distancing measures are taken throughout the entire drive. We encourage anyone who is healthy to seize this opportunity to donate much needed blood.”

Red Cross employees have implemented additional precautions to ensure blood drives and donation centers are safe for donors and staff and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, according to the press release.

Each donor will receive a $5 Amazon gift card, a discount coupon to the AMS gift shop and photos with the AMS pace car. To prepare to give blood, the Red Cross recommends donors eat iron-rich meals and drink plenty of water. A photo ID will also be needed upon arrival.

To donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code "atlantaspeedway" and choose a donation time. Registration also can be completed by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or by using the Blood Donor app.