"Count on WIS" Blood Drive at Four Locations on One Day
The American Red Cross and WIS News 10 urge blood donors to meet the need for emergency blood donations by becoming a hero for patients in need this summer at the “Count on WIS” blood drive Thursday, Aug. 9. The event kicks off at 7 a.m. at the WIS studios on the corner of Bull and Gervais Streets. At 11 a.m., the Red Cross will start collecting blood at the following three other sites:
Dutch Square Center
421 Bush River Road, Columbia
Village at Sandhill
Community Room (near JC Penney)
499 Town Center Place, Columbia
1057 Broad St., Sumter
The blood drive ends at 7 p.m. at all four sites. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: WIS or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
All presenting donors will have a chance to win lunch with members of the WIS News 10 team plus attend a live noon broadcast at the WIS studios. In addition, donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, a coupon for a free haircut courtesy of Sport Clips, and a chance to win a $3,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Super Summer Save” promotion.
The radio stations of Cumulus Broadcasting in Columbia and Miller Communications in Sumter have partnered with the Red Cross and WIS as co-sponsors of the blood drive.
The “Count on WIS” blood drive comes at an ideal time to boost blood donations as it is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients during the summer months. With schools out and families on vacation, it’s even more important that those who are eligible to donate come forward to give the gift of life.
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.