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Mets Winter Blood Drive, Thursday 10am - 5pm

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If you're in the area — or even if you're not — swing by Citi Field on Thursday to give blood. You'll get a couple of tickets to a Mets game and 15% off Mets merch (20% off if you have season tickets), but you'll also have taken part in a selfless act of charity which will cost you nothing but your time. Someone else gets a pint of your blood and you're no worse off since that blood will be replenished by your body in short order.

Official details are after the jump.

The Mets will host their annual Winter Blood Drive for the New York Blood Center on Thursday, January 5, in Citi Field's Caesars Club from 10 am to 5 pm (Hodges VIP Entrance). Parking is available in Lot G located on 126th Street.

Donors must be 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Fans donating blood will receive a voucher redeemable for a pair of tickets to a select Mets game in April 2012 (bring ID with photo or signature) and a coupon to receive 15% off regularly priced merchandise at the Mets Team Store on January 5, 2012, only. Season Ticket Holders who donate blood will get 20% off regularly priced items upon showing their Season Ticket Holder ID card. The Mets Team Store will be open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Call 1-800-933-BLOOD for more information.

Give the gift of life, give blood.