WPDE TV 15 Invites Viewers to Become a Hero at Summer Blood Drive
The American Red Cross and WPDE TV 15 urge community members to meet the emergency need for blood donations and become a hero to patients in need at the WPDE TV 15 summer blood drive 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the following locations:
Grand Strand Regional Medical Center HealthFinders
Coastal Grand Mall
2000 Coastal Grand Circle
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
2105 Highway 501
2701 David H McLeod Blvd.
To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WPDE or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.
All presenting donors will receive an American Red Cross T-shirt and will automatically be entered in a drawing for the chance to win a $3,000 gift card through the Red Cross “Super Summer Save” promotion.
The Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donations of all types. In the month of June, the Red Cross saw 10 percent fewer donations than it expected, which resulted in a shortfall of about 50,000 blood products. Additionally, it is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients during the summer months. With schools out and families on vacation, it’s even more important that those who are eligible to donate come forward to give the gift of life.
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.