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CHATTANOOGA — This summer, because of the many patients who are constantly in need, Blood Assurance has a goal of saving 90,000 lives during a time when blood supply levels are historically low.

By donating at a Blood Assurance donor center or blood drive from June 1 through Aug. 31, community members will not only help reach that lifesaving goal but will also be entered to win a vacation to the destination of their choice worth $1,500.

Throughout the summer leading up to the grand prize drawing, donors will be selected at random to win summer-themed gifts such as coolers, gift cards and more. As a “thank you” for donating and helping to reach Blood Assurance’s goal of saving 90,000 lives this summer, all donors will receive a complimentary T-shirt, snack and beverage.

“Summer is a popular vacation season, therefore we see a seasonal decline in blood and platelet donations year after year,” said Jay Baumgardner, executive director of marketing and communications at Blood Assurance.

“By choosing a day this summer to give blood or platelets, donors can be a hero and help maintain a sufficient supply for the many patients in constant need while getting a chance to win a fun trip for themselves at the same time. Our goal is to save 90,000 lives this summer, and we encourage the community to step up and donate to help reach that goal for local patients in need.”

To be eligible to donate blood, donors must be at least 18 years old (16 and 17 years old with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids—avoiding caffeine — and eat a meal that is rich in iron before donating.

The winner of the vacation giveaway must be 18 years or older. The $1,500 voucher is redeemable for air, hotel, tour and other travel-related purchases at The Travel Agency Inc., Chattanooga. The voucher is not refundable or transferable, and has no cash value. The voucher is good for one year from the date of the drawing. No residual amount will be refunded, and additional travel fees or associated costs more than $1,500 will be the winner’s responsibility.

For more information about Blood Assurance, donating blood or hosting a blood drive, please visit or call 1-800-962-0628.