Blood Connection and Outback partnership
Anyone who gives blood from August 1-August 29 will be given an Outback gift card and a free Bloomin’ Onion® coupon. Photo provided.

During the month of August, The Blood Connection (TBC), a Greenville based non-profit, and Outback Steakhouse are forming a partnership in order to garner more blood donations in the summer shortage. The partnership is the first of its kind in TBC history.

Anyone who gives blood on any Thursday in August (Aug 8, 15, 22, 29) will be given a $20 Outback gift card and a free Bloomin’ Onion coupon. Additionally, on Aug. 29, blood mobiles will be at 18 Outback locations from 2-7 p.m. spanning Greenville, Asheville, Raleigh, and Charleston. At these locations on August 29, donors will also receive a coupon. 

“The summer is usually a hard time for blood centers. People are out of their routines and tend not to donate as frequently, and blood drives at public schools and colleges don’t happen while school is out of session,” Allie Van Dyke, TBC’s media coordinator, said.

TBC blood donations stay within the community, with cancer patients as the number one recipient of blood. In order to donate, donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, have valid photo ID, and they must be over 16 years of age. To donate below age 18, donors must bring written parental consent. Additionally, Van Dyke recommends arriving well hydrated and full before giving blood. 

“The Blood Connection wants to thank Outback Steakhouse for helping save more lives through this partnership,” Van Dyke said. “TBC hopes other brands will hop on board to impact their communities in this way too.”

For a full list of participating Outback locations, visit their website.

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