‘Give Before You Go’ drive aims to maintain Red Cross blood supply during Labor Day holiday

August 18, 2014




Media contact: Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @scredcrossblood


‘Give Before You Go’ drive aims to maintain Red Cross blood supply
during Labor Day holiday


COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 18, 2014) — Radio stations 97.5 WCOS, 104.7 WNOK and the American Red Cross are urging the public to “Give Before You Go” by donating blood Aug. 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross Columbia Donation Center, 2751 Bull St.

The Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month. Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw a national increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

The “Give Before You Go” drive aims to help prevent a blood shortage around the Labor Day holiday, a critical period for donations. To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross encourages people of all blood types to give. The Red Cross especially needs donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

Presenting donors at the “Give Before You Go” drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to upcoming concerts.

To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code clearchannel or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-in donors are welcome.

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.

As summer draws to a close and Labor Day approaches, donors still have the chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. 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 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.

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.