Published: Aug 21, 2012 11:50 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 21, 2012 3:29 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - Community Blood Center invites donors to get on the ball and give blood at the annual Tailgate For Life 2-Day Blood Drive at Mission Square Plaza West from 8 am - 6 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21 & 22.

Mission Square Plaza West is located at 1485 Pine Ridge Road, just east of Goodlette Road in Naples.

Successful blood donors will also receive a $10 gas card and a special gift offer from Patric's Restaurant, while supplies last.

Event participants will have the opportunity to win the following grand prize drawings: a six pack of movie tickets, a gift card from Rejuvenations Chiropractic and one of three gift cards from Pure Naples good for a "Thrill Ride for 2 on the Odin Jet Boat." Visit or call 239-436-5455 for more information.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds. While there is no upper age limit to give blood, blood donors must be at least 16 years old, with parent consent. People CAN give blood even if they take the following medications: aspirin, blood pressure, cholesterol and thyroid medications, insulin pills or injections, birth control, hormone replacement or antidepressants.

People can donate every 56 days. Blood becomes perishable after 42 days, but is regularly transfused to patients within just a few days of collection.