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WBTW News 13 Invites Viewers to Attend Fall Blood Drive

South Carolina Blood Services Region

September 9, 2013
 

Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C., Sept. 9, 2013—The American Red Cross is partnering with WBTW News 13 for the WBTW Fall Blood Drive 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the following locations.

 

Coastal Grand Mall

(In front of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center HealthFinders)

2000 Coastal Grand Circle

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 

Magnolia Mall

2701 David H McLeod Blvd.

Florence, S.C.

 

All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross baseball cap and a coupon for a free haircut courtesy of Sport Clips. In addition, all presenting donors will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $1,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Saving Lives Never Looked So Good” promotion.

 

 For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WBTW 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. Blood is needed to help treat a variety of patients including accident victims and individuals undergoing surgery and cancer treatment.

 

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 safely 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. 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.