ABC News 4, 98 Rock, The Bridge 105.5 and the American Red Cross Team Up for RiverDog Days of Summer Blood Drive
South Carolina Blood Services Region
Charleston, S.C., July 9, 2012 – The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donations of all types, and you can get a “save” of your own this summer by donating blood and saving a life at the RiverDog Days of Summer Blood Drive sponsored by ABC News 4, 98 Rock and The Bridge 105.5. The event will take place 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Northwoods Mall (side court near Dillards), 2150 Northwoods Blvd. in Charleston and at Citadel Mall (center court by JCPenney), 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in Charleston.
All presenting donors will receive two free tickets to a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game and a Red Cross T-shirt. Plus, all presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $3,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Super Summer Save” promotion.
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ABCNEWS4 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
It is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients during the summer months. With schools out and families on vacation, it’s even more important that those who are eligible to donate come forward to give the gift of life.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American 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 demand.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.