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Tops Friendly Markets and ConnectLife Team Up to Save Lives in Western New York

Donors Have a Chance to Win Free Fuel at Tops

(Buffalo, NY) - Tops Friendly Markets and ConnectLife are teaming up to save lives right here in Western New York. Summer months are historically a time when blood centers have the most difficulty collecting blood and ConnectLife needs help from the community to keep pace with the rate at which our local hospitals are using blood across WNY.

To help meet demand and celebrate the gift of a blood donation, Tops is incentivizing all blood donors with gas points. Donors at every ConnectLife blood drive during August will receive a Mystery Gas Savings voucher which will range from100-3500 gas points. You’ll save at least 10 cents per gallon and could even win a free tank of gas at your participating Tops Gas station! In addition, all donors will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 50 $100 Tops gas cards.

“Tops is proud to support our partners at ConnectLife in their pursuit of local blood donations during the month of August,” said Ashley Gracie, community relations coordinator for Tops Friendly Markets.   “Together we hope to help fuel this important drive as blood supply is critically low.”

For every pint of blood collected through the Tops Friendly Markets promotion up to three lives can be saved in WNY. ConnectLife is the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, ECMC, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Health, Wyoming County Community Health System, Olean General Hospital, Brooks-TLC Health System, and Bradford Regional Medical Center. As WNY’s only community blood bank it is our responsibility to answer the call for blood products to ANY hospital in need, but we need help from blood donors to do that.

Please visit or call 716.529.4270 for drive locations and to make an appointment.

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Unyts is now ConnectLife! ConnectLife helps people help others. As a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization and community blood bank, we save and enhance lives through organ, eye, tissue and blood donations. Visit us online at or Facebook @weconnectlife