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American Red Cross, News 2 and Q 104.5 team up for Halloween blood drive

October 7, 2014
 

 

Media contact: Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @scredcrossblood
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American Red Cross, News 2 and Q 104.5 team up for Halloween blood drive

Donors encouraged to ‘starve a vamp’ by giving blood

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 7, 2014) — This Halloween, vampires aren’t the only ones who are out for blood. The American Red Cross encourages donors to roll up a sleeve and give at the “Starve a Vampire” blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Mount Pleasant and Summerville.

The Red Cross is partnering with News 2 and Q 104.5 on the Halloween themed drive. Blood is needed year-round to help patients in need, but the need is typically greater around holidays. Trauma patients, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

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

Please consider donating blood at the Starve a Vampire Blood Drive on Oct. 28 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Omar Shrine Center, 176 Patriots Point St., Mount Pleasant, S.C. or Summerville Presbyterian Church, 407 S. Laurel St., Summerville, S.C.

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

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.