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ABC News 4, 98 Rock, The Bridge at 105.5 and Chick-fil-A team up for “Give More Blood, Eat More Chicken” blood drive

September 24, 2014
 

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Media contact: Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @scredcrossblood              redcrossblood.org

 

ABC News 4, 98 Rock, The Bridge at 105.5 and Chick-fil-A team up for “Give More Blood, Eat More Chicken” blood drive

Drive to encourage stable blood supply in October

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 24, 2014) — ABC News 4, 98 Rock, The Bridge at 105.5 and Chick-fil-A encourage Charleston blood donors to roll up a sleeve and “Give More Blood, Eat More Chicken” at an American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, Oct. 2.

Donors will have the opportunity to help save up to three lives simply by taking about an hour from their day to donate blood. All presenting donors can also “eat more chicken” with a coupon for a free chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A. Presenting donors will have the chance to win the grand prize of one free Chick-fil-A meal per week for a year.

The blood drive will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two locations: in the Dillard’s wing of Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd.; and the Belk wing of Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

In addition to making a potentially lifesaving difference in a patient’s life, presenting donors will also be eligible for the chance to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.  

To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ABCNews4 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can also download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App to schedule an appointment. Walk-in donors are welcome.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood and platelets they need to make a full recovery. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is no substitute.

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.