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Live 5 News, American Red Cross team up to show that ‘Saving Lives Never Looked So Good’

South Carolina Blood Services Region

September 5, 2014
 

News Release

Media contacts:

Mandy Law, 843-607-4903

Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @scredcrossblood

redcrossblood.org

 

Live 5 News, American Red Cross team up to show that ‘Saving Lives Never Looked So Good’

Drive offers donors a new ‘do when they help save a life

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Sept. 8, 2014) — Whether you need a fresh new look or just a trim around the edges, donating blood could be your ticket to finding your new ‘do. Live 5 News and the American Red Cross are teaming up to offer donors a free haircut when they help save a life at the “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” blood drive on Sept. 18.

Presenting donors will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut courtesy of Sport Clips Haircuts. Donors can sport their new ‘do at the Charleston Greek Festival – all presenting donors will receive two passes to the festival held Oct. 3-5.

Donors also will take with them the gratification of knowing they have helped save up to three lives. Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

The blood drive is 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Belk wing of Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., in Charleston. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code Live5 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 

The Red Cross encourages people who are in good health to donate so that hospital patients have the blood and platelets they need to make a full recovery. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Blood is a perishable product. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is no substitute.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. 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.

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 consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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