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Count on 2 News, Q104.5 and Ben & Jerry’s Invite Blood Donors to Upcoming Blood Drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

June 7, 2012
 

Count on 2 News, Q104.5 and Ben & Jerry’s invite blood donors to the “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” blood drive 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 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, they’ll also receive a Red Cross T-shirt and automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Spring into Giving” 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