The American Red Cross, ABC News 4 and 94.3 WSC FM are treating donors to Chick-fil-A when they come to give at the “Give More Blood, Eat More Chicken” blood drive on Thursday, Oct. 6 in Charleston.
The blood drive runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two locations: in the Dillard’s wing of Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Blvd. in North Charleston; and the Belk wing of Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in Charleston.
Presenting blood donors will receive a free pass to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, a coupon for a free chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A and a chance to win a year of free Chick-fil-A value meals.
To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ABCNews4, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or download the Blood Donor App. Walk-in donors are welcome.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. 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. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must be replenished constantly – there is no substitute.
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.