But Don't Drink And Donate: Coors Of Longview To Host Summer Blood Drive

  Coors of Longview encourages everyone to step forward and help prepare the blood supply for the summer days ahead.  All eligible donors are invited to save lives by giving blood Thursday, June 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Coors distribution center located at 2002 E. Cotton St. in Longview.

"Summer is one of the times during the year when blood donors are needed the most," says Eric Bartlett, operations manager for Coors of Longview.  "We had one of our best blood drives two months ago, and we're asking the community to help this drive exceed with flying colors."

Coors will be providing free food and beverages for all participants, and anyone who attempts to give blood through the end of June will automatically be entered into a drawing for a weekly chance to win a 10-pack of move tickets. One grand prize winner will receive movie passes for an entire year.

More than one million patients in East Texas rely on blood transfusions made possible by volonteer donors.  For the community and Carter BloodCare Stewart Center to meet the ongoing need for blood, donors must help raise the blood to preferred levels by visiting local blood drives or donor centers.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. People who present to give blood should eat a nourishing meal before donating and must bring a valid driver's license.  For more information about donor eligibility, call Carter BloodCare's Stewart Center at 1-800-252-5584, or visit carterbloodcare.org.