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Rock 93.5 WARQ-FM Invites Blood Donors to 10th Annual Drain the Blood Drive this Halloween

South Carolina Blood Services Region

October 8, 2012
 

CONTACT: Jamie Muldrow, 803-251-6034, jamie.muldrow@redcross.org

    

Columbia, S.C., Oct. 8, 2012 – This Halloween, give more than candy. Give blood! Join us for the 10th annual Drain the Blood drive sponsored by Rock 93.5 WARQ-FM 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Columbia American Red Cross donation center, 2751 Bull St.

 

Rock 93.5 on-air personalities will be broadcasting live from 6 a.m.-2 p.m., and donations will be taken until 7 p.m. Presenting donors will have a chance to win Teddy Scare bears and passes to Deceased Farm in Lexington. Plus, the first 93 presenting donors will receive a “Drain the Blood” T-shirt. Food will be provided by McDonald’s and Little Caesars.

 

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Drain the Blood drive, call 803-251-6007 or e-mail reavesd@usa.redcross.org.

 

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.

 

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