Count on 2 News and News Radio 94.3 Sponsor Halloween Blood Drive
South Carolina Blood Services Region
CONTACT: Candy Oliver, 843-509-4393, email@example.com
Charleston, S.C., Oct. 1, 2012 – This Halloween, give more than candy. Give blood! Join us for the “Drain the Blood” blood drive sponsored by Count on 2 News, News Radio 94.3 and the American Red Cross 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the following locations:
Omar Shrine Center
176 Patriots Point St.
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Summerville Presbyterian Church
407 South Laurel Street
A costume contest will be held with a $250 Sunoco gas card awarded for the best costume. In addition, all presenting donors will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 American Express gift card through the Red Cross “Give Something That Means Something” promotion.
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code bloodblitz or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
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, and platelets can be donated every seven days or up to 24 times a year. 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.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.