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Count on 2 News, Q104.5 and Ben & Jerry’s Invite Blood Donors to “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” at Upcoming Blood Drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

June 4, 2013
 

CONTACT: Candy Oliver, 843-509-4393, candace.oliver@redcross.org

    

Charleston, S.C., June 4, 2013 – What if you could give someone a summer of stories? With the Red Cross, you can.

 

Live a story, and give a story by donating blood at the “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” blood drive sponsored by Count on 2 News, Q104.5 and Ben & Jerry’s 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the following locations.

 

Omar Shrine Center

176 Patriots Point St.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

 

Summerville Baptist Church

417 Central Ave.

Summerville, S.C.

 

American Red Cross West Ashley Donation Center

2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Charleston, S.C.

 

All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream from the Charleston area Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shops. In addition, all presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross baseball cap.

 

By donating blood this summer you help the Red Cross ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood they need so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code bloodblitz or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767). Walk-ins 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. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

 

The 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 demands.

 

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.

 

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How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  Most healthy people who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood to the Red Cross. Donors who are 18 years and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements. A Red Cross blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check-in. 

 

 

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.