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Inaugural Lexington County Public Safety blood drive competition to kick off July 30

South Carolina Blood Services Region

July 22, 2013
 

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034 (office), 803-446-7743 (cell), jamie.muldrow@redcross.org

 

Community Citizens Encouraged to Donate Blood in Support of

Local Public Safety Officials

Inaugural Lexington County Public Safety blood drive competition to kick off July 30

 

Lexington, S.C., July 22, 2013 — The American Red Cross is teaming up with Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Lexington County Fire Service, Lexington County EMS and Lexington County 911 Communications for the inaugural Lexington County Public Safety blood drive July 30, Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, 2013.

 

The good natured competition will be held on three dates at the following locations. Donors are invited to give blood at any of the participating locations in honor of the department of their choice. The agency with the highest percentage of presenting donors will be named the winner.

 

July 30

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Dept.

521 Gibson Road, Lexington, S.C. 29071

 

Aug. 9

3 p.m.-9 p.m.

Lexington County Fire Service

436 Ball Park Road, Lexington, S.C. 29072

 

Aug. 16

3 p.m.-9 p.m.

Lexington County EMS

407 Ball Park Road, Lexington, S.C. 29072

 

Go to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your lifesaving donation appointment or call or email one of the contacts listed below.

 

  • Beth Holliman             Sheriff’s Department  meholliman@lcsd.sc.gov       803-785-2593
  • Vicki Holshouser         911 Communications  vholshouser@lex-co.com       803-785-2366
  • Jason Smith                Fire Service                jsmith@lex-co.com                 803-785-2835
  • Glenda Smith              EMS                            gsmith@lex-co.com               803-785-5057

 

Lexington County public safety officials, their family members and friends, along with community supporters are invited to participate. All presenting donors at the Lexington County Public Safety blood drive will be entered for a chance to win prizes from Cycle Center, Fatz Café, Flight Deck, Frank’s Car Wash, Larry’s Subs,

Lexington Dry Cleaners, Outback Steakhouse, Travinia’s, Wateree Dive Center and more.

 

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

 

Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012.

 

The Red Cross urgently needs donations to ensure an adequate blood supply is available for patients all summer long. Each day, the American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Region needs approximately 500 donors to step forward and give blood. Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

 

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.

 

 

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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.