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Panthers to hold blood drive

The Carolina Panthers have teamed up with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas for the second annual "I Bleed Black and Blue" blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the visitors' locker room at Bank of America Stadium.

Donors will receive an "I Bleed Black and Blue" blood drive t-shirt. TopCats cheerleaders and team mascot Sir Purr will make special appearances during the day to thank donors.

Walk-in donors are welcome, but appointments are recommended and can be made by visiting and entering sponsor code Panthers. For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, contact Mel Verburg at 704-972-4716.

"Panthers fans have always been generous in assisting the team with our outreach efforts. This is a special opportunity for folks to dramatically impact the lives of others through a blood donation," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations. "We encourage everyone to come out and roll up their sleeves to donate life-saving blood that will support cancer, cardiovascular, trauma and transplant patients in our area."

The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is an independent, locally-managed, non-profit community blood center that provides more than 90 percent of the blood supply to the 14 area hospitals that serve 11 North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is strictly a blood center, completely focused on gathering red blood cells, platelets and plasma from volunteer donors to save local lives.

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