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Live 5 News and the American Red Cross Encourage Area Residents to “Have a Heart, Lend an Arm” by Giving Blood

South Carolina Blood Services Region

February 20, 2013

CONTACT: Candy Oliver, 843-509-4393,

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Charleston, S.C., February 15, 2013 — This February, share the love by joining Live 5 News and the American Red Cross for the “Have a Heart, Lend an Arm” blood drive 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., in Charleston.


All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, a coupon for a free oatmeal courtesy of McDonald’s, and the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store through the Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion.


To schedule an appointment, visit and enter sponsor code Live5 or call  1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 


Winter weather and seasonal illnesses can keep many donors away during this time of year, causing collections to suffer. However, the demand for blood remains constant. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood they need to make a full recovery.


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