Count on 2 News, News Radio 94.3 and the American Red Cross Invite Blood Donors to “Be a Hero” at Upcoming Blood Drive
Count on 2 News, News Radio 94.3 and the American Red Cross invite you to meet the emergency need for blood donations by giving blood at the “Be a Hero” blood drive 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, August 23, at the following locations:
Omar Shrine Center
176 Patriots Point St.
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Summerville Baptist Church
417 Central Avenue
American Red Cross West Ashley Donation Center
2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
The drive is being held in honor of Nick Collins, the 26-year-old "Fowler's Mustache" band member who was critically injured in a car accident on Aug. 2. He has used 170 blood products to help with his recovery.
All presenting donors will receive a free pass to the USS Yorktown. In addition, presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut courtesy of Sport Clips, and automatically 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 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.