ALEXANDRIA, La. -- LifeShare Blood Centers partnered up with several Books-A-Million locations around the state for a special giveaway contest to drum up blood donations.
In exchange of donating blood at the LifeShare bus at Books-A-Million in Alexandria, donors were entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of the best selling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey."
In addition, Books-A-Million was also giving out gift bags full of goodies and donating a portion of their store sales from each customer that mentioned the blood drive during checkout.
The manager of the store said it was a great way to give back to the community.
"I don't know. It's something easy to do," said Sean Mclemore, manager of the store. "It doesn't take a lot of time. I've been donating since I was in high school, I guess I kind of got into it then. A lot of my sailor friends when I was in the Navy we used to go donate together all the time. It's a tradition."
LifeShare hoped to get 15 donors at their Alexandria blood drive Saturday. They were well on their way to making that goal by the afternoon.
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