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Blood Drive planned for June 29 in Hammond

An American Red Cross Blood Drive is planned from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, June 29 at St. Croix Electric, 1925 Ridgeway St., Hammond.

The next day, Saturday, June 30, a blood drive is planned from 2-7 p.m. at the Clayton School, 221 Prentice St. South, Clayton.

To donate blood, call 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Eligible donors must be 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed parent consent form. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

The Red Cross has kicked off the second season of Red Cross Racing, touting a racing-themed donor rewards program.

Greg Biffle -- driver of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford Fusion -- has signed on again as a Red Cross spokesperson this 2009 racing season to help raise awareness among the 75 million NASCAR fans across the country about the ongoing need for blood donations.

Thanks to a donation by 3M, Biffle, a Red Cross blood donor and member of its National Celebrity Cabinet, will wear the Red Cross fire suit and drive the No. 16 Ford Fusion with the Red Cross paint scheme at the Spring Cup Series races in Altanta on Labor Day weekend.

"I'm proud to be an American Red Cross blood donor," said Biffle. "I give blood because it's easy to do and helps support the community. I hope NASCAR fans across the country will join me this racing season by giving lifesaving blood as often as they can."

American Red Cross blood donors and supporters can participate in the Red Cross Racing donor rewards program by accruing points for a variety of activities including giving blood and/or platelets, and recruiting other donors. Registrants have the chance to get points and exchange them for NASCAR-themed prizes such as limited edition die-cast cars. Fans can join the program by visiting

Last year, more than 28,000 people joined Red Cross Racing, resulting in nearly 22,500 blood donations.

The Red Cross is also engaged with NASCAR through a number of initiatives, including partnerships with Clorox, Lowe's Home Improvement, Sunoco, The NASCAR Foundation and the multiple drivers and race tracks that hold blood and bone marrow collections.

"We hope NASCAR fans will follow Greg Biffle's lead and support the Red Cross by donating blood," said Geoff Kaufmann, CEO of the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region. "Red Cross Racing is a great opportunity for loyal NASCAR fans to become dedicated Red Cross blood donors."