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Count on 2 News, WEZL 103.5 and the South Carolina Aquarium Sponsor Blood Drive Blitz in Celebration of March is Red Cross Month

South Carolina Blood Services Region

March 6, 2013
 

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

                    Twitter : @scredcrossblood, Website: redcrossblood.org/sc                

 

Charleston, S.C., March 1, 2013 — Celebrate March is Red Cross Month by giving the gift of life! Join us for the “Bring a Buddy” Blood Drive Blitz sponsored by Count on 2 News, WEZL 103.5 and the South Carolina Aquarium 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the following locations:

 

Omar Shrine Center

176 Patriots Point St.

Mount Pleasant, S.C.

 

Summerville Baptist Church

417 Central Avenue

Summerville, S.C.

 

American Red Cross
West Ashley Donation Center

2000 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Charleston, S.C.

 

All presenting donors will receive a “buy one, get one free” coupon for admission to the South Carolina Aquarium and will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store through the Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion.

 

Donors will also be treated to food and other incentives provided by Ben & Jerry’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-fil-A, Panera Bread, Raising Cane’s Chicken, and Starbucks.

 

To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code bloodblitz or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 

 

The demand for blood remains constant. The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood they need to make a full recovery.

 

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 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. 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.