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Shred 360 and the American Red Cross Invite Area Residents to Protect Against Identity Theft and Give Lifesaving Blood Donations

South Carolina Blood Services Region

March 5, 2013
 

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

                    Twitter : @scredcrossblood, Website: redcrossblood.org/sc                

 

Columbia, S.C., March 5, 2013 —The American Red Cross and Shred 360 invite area residents to participate in a “Free Shred Day” noon-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Columbia Red Cross, 2751 Bull Street.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Suggested items to shred are financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements and credit card pre-approval letters, payroll stubs, insurance forms, old tax returns, forms from doctor’s offices, and other documents with personal identifying information. Hazardous materials such as metals, glass, or plastics will not be allowed. There is a limit of five boxes or bags (approximately 18 inches by 12 inches) per participant.

 

Participants are also encouraged to donate blood or platelets during the “Free Shred Day” event. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store through the Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion.

 

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome. 

 

It is estimated that every year more than eight million Americans fall victim to identity theft, losing over $40 billion annually. Minimize your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft by taking advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of old personal papers. Visit www.Shred360.com for more information.

 

The 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 demands. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days, up to 24 times a year.  

 

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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. 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 permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

 

About Shred 360

Shred 360 is a locally owned and operated Information Management Company. We are focused on providing the best material destruction and information management services in the industry.

Our customers are dedicated individuals and businesses who demand the highest level of service and attention to detail. Shred 360 is currently providing this level of service throughout the State of South Carolina.