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Braves to support area blood drive

LAWRENCEVILLE - The American Red Cross, in conjunction with the Atlanta Braves, will hold a blood drive across metro Atlanta over the Fourth of July weekend.

All participants who donate blood or platelets will be eligible to win tickets to an upcoming Atlanta Braves game or signed Braves' memorabilia. One grand prize also will be awarded: four tickets to an upcoming game, complete with a field visit. All donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt.

Most healthy people who are 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood or platelets. The Red Cross reports that it is experiencing a critical blood shortage this summer.

Those interested can donate blood at Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth on the lower level near Parisian or at the Mall of Georgia in the Mountain Court area in Buford, from noon to

5 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Donations also can be made at the donor center in Duluth, 3090 Premiere Parkway, Suite 500.

For more information about the blood drive, call the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givebloodredcross.org .

- From staff reports