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American Red Cross Partners with The Big DM and Hot 103.9 for Sumter Area Blood Drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

March 18, 2013

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow,, 803-446-7743

                     Twitter : @scredcrossblood, Website:                


Sumter, S.C., March 28, 2013 — The American Red invites area residents to become a hero by giving the gift of life at The Big DM and Hot 103.9 blood drive 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the following Red Cross locations:


Sumter Donation Center

1155 North Guignard Drive

Sumter, SC


Columbia Donation Center

2751 Bull Street

Columbia, SC


All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and be automatically entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Just 3% do, will you?” promotion.


On-air personalities from The Big DM and Hot 103.9 will be broadcasting from the Sumter Red Cross donation center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Presenting donors at the Sumter location will also be treated to free pizza from Little Caesar’s, while supplies last.


In addition, all donors who make an appointment prior to the blood drive and present to donate at the event will receive a prize pack courtesy of The Big DM and the Hot 103.9.


To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 


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.  




How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or join our blog at