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American Red Cross announces third annual Columbia Lifesavers blood drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

January 22, 2013
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 22, 2013

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034 (office), 803-446-7743 (cell), jamie.muldrow@redcross.org

 

 

Columbia, S.C.—Mayor Steve Benjamin and the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region Board of Directors are teaming up for the third annual Columbia Lifesavers blood drive in an effort to collect 500 pints of blood.

 

This year’s drive has grown to a two-day event and will be held 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St.

 

The Columbia Lifesavers blood drive is open to the public, and the goal is to collect 500 pints of blood. The event is being held to raise community awareness about the need for blood and to collect blood for hospital patients undergoing cancer treatments, lifesaving surgeries, and emergency care related to accidents and trauma.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call Kimberly Reaves at 803-312-5609 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code columbialifesavers.

 

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and a bag of coffee courtesy of Starbucks. In addition, all presenting donors will have the chance to win a $300 Walmart gift card.

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Mayor Benjamin and the South Carolina Region Board of Directors for helping the American Red Cross raise awareness in the Columbia community about the need for blood,” stated Ryan Corcoran, South Carolina Blood Services Region Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited about the upcoming Columbia Lifesavers blood drive and the opportunity it provides for us to work together to help hospital patients in need.” 

The 2012 and 2011 events were both a great success, with 320 pints of blood collected on a goal of 300 in 2012 and 210 pints of blood collected on a goal of 200 in 2011. 

 

The Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.

 

Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

 

 

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How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

 

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.