The American Red Cross is calling on donors to go to bat for patients in need at the annual RiverDog Days of Summer blood drive on July 28 with ABC News 4, iHeartMedia and the Charleston RiverDogs.
With schools out and families on vacation, fewer donors give blood in the summer. But patients don’t get a summer break from needing blood. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
By making a commitment to give blood, donors can make a potentially lifesaving difference for patients. Blood products can only come from volunteer blood donors.
Charleston-area residents can hit a home run for life by giving blood on Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd., and Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
All presenting donors will receive a pair of RiverDogs baseball game tickets and a $10 Visa gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code abcnews4, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-722-2767), or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App. Walk-ins are welcome.
Items and offers are nontransferable and are not redeemable for cash.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.