FOX24 and 95SX Sponsor "Every Blood Donor is a Hero" Blood Drive
South Carolina Blood Services Region
CONTACT: Candy Oliver, 843-509-4393, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOX24 and 95SX Sponsor "Every Blood Donor is a Hero" Blood Drive in Honor of World Blood Donor Day
Charleston, S.C., June 1, 2012 – FOX24, 95SX and the American Red Cross invite blood donors to give blood and help save a life at the “Every Blood Donor is a Hero” blood drive in honor of World Blood Donor Day. The event will take place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Northwoods Mall (inside near Dillard’s), 2150 Northwoods Blvd. in Charleston.
All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross tumbler cup. In addition, presenting donors will 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 FOX24 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
World Blood Donor Day comes at an important time of year for blood collections. Local blood centers typically face summer shortages and the nation’s blood supply comes under strain due to fewer donations because of increased vacation schedules and other seasonal distractions. Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days – they must be replenished regularly.
The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day is "Every blood donor is a hero" and focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving life saving blood. While recognizing the silent and unsung heroes who help save lives every day through their blood donations, the theme also strongly encourages more people to donate blood regularly.
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.