A Powerful Partnership: The Blood Connection and Outback Steakhouse Join Forces to Save Lives

Greenville, SC and Raleigh, NC – For the month of August, The Blood
Connection (TBC) and Outback Steakhouse are teaming up to encourage blood donation in their shared communities. Outback Steakhouse’s enthusiasm to partner with TBC will allow the community blood center to reach new donors and save more lives. This partnership between the local non-profit and popular steakhouse is one of the first like it in TBC history; an example of the dedicated collaboration it takes to support the community’s blood supply.

“TBC is very appreciative that Outback has hopped on board with us. To have a well-known brand embrace what we do is monumental to the communities that TBC serves. Outback is helping us spread the word about our life-giving mission locally, which means we can positively impact local patients’ lives together,” said TBC President & CEO, Delisa K. English. “Caring for our communities takes teamwork.”

The Outback Give Back Promotion starts Thursday, August 1st and ends Thursday, August 29th.

Donors who give blood at any TBC Center on a Thursday in August will receive an Outback gift card and a free Bloomin’ Onion® coupon. On Thursday, August 29th, in addition to the TBC centers, blood mobiles will be at eighteen Outback Steakhouse locations in the Carolinas for a collective blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Participating Outback locations can be found at thebloodconnection.org/outback.

Donors can visit any TBC center in the Upstate of South Carolina, and Raleigh and Asheville in North Carolina: 435 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC; 341 Old Abbeville Highway, Greenwood, SC; 5116 Calhoun Memorial Hwy, Easley, SC; 1308 Sandifer Boulevard, Seneca, SC; 270 North Grove Medical Park Drive, Spartanburg, SC; 225 Airport Road, Arden, NC; 5925 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC. Centers are open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the weekends 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When donors give blood with TBC, it stays local. While trauma is the most obvious reason for blood usage, cancer patients are usually the number one recipients of blood products. Donations are also needed for burn victims, premature infants, surgeries, and those with blood disorders, to name a few. When community members share blood, healing happens, and families remain whole. Now Outback Steakhouse is providing a way for its customers to share life and save lives in the community through its partnership with TBC.

TBC is especially in need of O-Negative blood, the universal type. Blood donors must be
healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be 17 years old or 16 with written parental consent.
Donors must bring a valid photo ID. Donors can call (864) 255-5000 with any questions.

About The Blood Connection
The Blood Connection has been committed to saving lives since 1962. Founded in Greenville, South Carolina, TBC is an independently managed, not-for-profit, community blood center that provides blood products to more than 70 hospitals within Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Recognized by the U.S. Congress for its dedication to disaster preparedness and the community, TBC works diligently to collect blood from volunteer donors to meet the ever-increasing demand. By keeping collections local, TBC serves hundreds of thousands of patients a year in its communities. TBC is licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For more information, visit thebloodconnection.org.

About Outback Steakhouse®
Outback Steakhouse starts fresh every day to create the flavors that our mates crave. Best known for grilled steaks, the Bloomin’ Onion and a wide variety of chicken and seafood, Outback also offers a wide variety of crisp salads and freshly made soups and sides. New creations and grilled classics, such as Victoria’s Filet Mignon and Perfectly Grilled Salmon, are made from scratch daily using only the highest quality ingredients sourced from around the world. Earn up to 50% off every fourth visit by joining Dine Rewards™ at www.dine-rewards.com. For more information, please visit www.outback.com or http://www.facebook.com/outback.
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