‘Count on WIS’ blood drive aims to help prevent emergency shortage

July 30, 2014




CONTACT: Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @SCredcrossblood



‘Count on WIS’ blood drive aims to help prevent emergency shortage

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 30, 2014) — WIS is partnering with the American Red Cross to help prevent an emergency shortage. The Count on WIS blood drive Aug. 7 will give donors the opportunity to help stabilize the blood supply and potentially help save up to three lives.

The Red Cross has issued an urgent call for donors in the face of a looming blood shortage. Donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

The Count on WIS blood drive includes three Columbia locations and one Sumter location:



1111 Bull St., Columbia

7 a.m.–7 p.m.


Dutch Square Center

421 Bush River Road, Columbia

11 a.m.–7 p.m.


Plex Indoor Sports

741 Fashion Drive (Village at Sandhill), Columbia

11 a.m.–7 p.m.


Bethesda Church of God

2730 Broad St., Sumter

11 a.m.–7 p.m.


To schedule an appointment, visit redcrosslood.org and enter sponsor code: WIS or call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are welcome.

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and have a chance to win lunch with members of the WIS News 10 team plus attend a live noon broadcast at the WIS studios.

The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.” Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. By donating blood this summer, you help the Red Cross ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood they need so they can continue making and sharing their own summer memories and stories.


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 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. 


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.